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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
Statewide

 

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.