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A system of farming that developed in the South after the Civil War, when landowners, many of whom had formerly held slaves, lacked the cash to pay wages to farm laborers, many of whom were former slaves. The system called for dividing the crop into three shares — one for the landowner, one for the worker, and one for whoever provided seeds, fertilizer, and farm equipment.
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The family had grown up dirt-poor, sharecropping the 20,000 acres of cotton that stretched out below Sand Mountain.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History|Katie Baker|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST