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Sharecroppers were landless farmers in the Deep South primarily. The name comes from the practice of paying their rent as a share of the harvest. Many sharecroppers were black, and the system allowed southern landowners to perpetuate many of the features of slavery even after it had been abolished by the Emancipation Proclamation and the 14th Amendment.

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