(1) We join the story in the Deep South where Carl's father is a hard-bitten sharecropper on a miserable dirt farm, trudging behind a team of mules in the summer swelter, pushing a hand plow.(2) Maybe it was that I was raised in a sharecropper 's farm or that I never owned anything until I bought that house, but I loved my little home.(3) The music that I grew up listening to was really raw music played by neighbours, fellow farmers and sharecroppers .(4) For example, the settler economies had high shares of activity in agriculture, and in many cases land was sharecropped , usually fifty-fifty.(5) Less than one-fifth of farmers lease or sharecrop the land they till.(6) As southern cotton growers reduced production in return for federal payments, sharecroppers and tenant farmers were driven from the land.(7) But there's a limited amount of stuff to harvest, and bringing in more sharecroppers and putting in longer hours isn't really going to pay off.(8) Blacks who owned small farms and also rented or sharecropped were often identified as renters or sharecroppers in the census.(9) Given that the book's climax describes a showdown between sharecroppers and planters, one might imagine that class constituted a major fissure in the county's history.(10) And life was almost as bleak for white tenant farmers and sharecroppers as it was for slaves, who often worked alongside them in the fields.(11) The book opens in 1874 in Delta, Louisiana, on the plantation where Walker's parents were sharecroppers .(12) Agricultural land is owned individually or jointly, sharecropped , or rented, and the number of farmers and the amount of land under cultivation have declined consistently.(13) There are also 4.8 million landless families who survive as tenant farmers, sharecroppers , and casual laborers.(14) Born between the early 1890s and the 1930s, all grew up poor, most came from farming families, and many were sharecroppers .(15) Many tenants subrented their farms to sharecroppers or hired others to work for them, so that their economic interests often more closely resembled those of farm owners than farm workers.(16) Though serfs were freed in 1864, they remained poor sharecroppers and staged a massive peasant uprising in 1907.