Sharecropping in the 1930's

What is sharecropping and why is it important to the book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry? Click the file below to read an article on sharecropping to learn more and answer the questions 7.1 and 7.2 on your worksheet.


Click the box on the right to see a video of some people picking cotton. (The music is from an American folksong about picking cotton.) As you watch it, think about what it would be like to have a job as a cotton picker in 100 degree weather. When you're finished, think about the information you just saw about picking cotton and look at the pictures on the page. Imagine what it would be like to be out in the field picking cotton by hand. Use words and/or drawings to complete question 7.3 on your worksheet.

Sharecroppers picking cotton -

Cotton Boll -