PatronPATRON + The Wayside Cottage – what life was like for a sharecropper in Lowndes Co. in 1935 April 7, 2021 April 17, 2021by Donna R Causey To view this content, you must be a member of Alabama Pioneers Patrons's Patreon at $2 or more Unlock with PatreonAlready a qualifying Patreon member? Refresh to access this content. Tags: 1930'sAlabama historyfarming
A sad share croppers life indeed.
Yes,it was sad but people had a chance to survive. I have an old ledger that dad used to helpout the people with that share cropped on our place. Lots of the stuff were never checked off as payed back. He never worried about it because he believed in helping them all he could. It payed off in friendship in later years.
Hot and the shutters closed to keep bugs out…..(I am assuming). Miserable.
Sharecropping went on well into the 60’s. Hard, hard way to live. I speak from experience.
Another testimony to the effects of “reconstruction” which lasted well into the middle of the 1900’s for white and black folks in Alabama. ..once again, a failure of government programs conceived in Washington with no knowledge of their potential impact on the rural south.
This is how my grandmother grew up. So glad her lifetime of hard work and good advice paved the way for us to have a better life.
This house looks good compared to the ones I remember that lasted into the early 70,s in mMorgan Lawrence Limestone and Madison counties
IN MANY CASES, SHARE CROPPERS WERE MERE SLAVES TO THE LAND OWNER AND THEY WERE NOT BLACK BUT WHITE . MANY A GOOD PERSON CAME FROM THE SHARE CROPPERS HOME AND SOME ROSE TO FAME. EATING CORNBREAD AND PEAS FOR SUPPER WAS LIKE A SUNDAY MEAL—–
There were sharecropers in the 1950s in Carbon Hill I visited them it was sad
A very hard life.
I’m still looking for photo’s for this area for african-american families, but I guess cameras were the least thing they were lacking at that time. Hard life indeed.