Alabama Bronze Map

A Guide to the Images of the Bronze Map on the Lawn of the Alabama Department of Archives and History


image from Bronze Map: 'sharecropping'


25. Sharecropping


Many poor Alabama farmers, both white and black, became caught in a system of economic dependency following the Civil War. Without money to purchase land, they agreed to live on land owned by another farmer and pay him with a share of the crop produced. The system was common across the state well into the twentieth century.