Slavery in the south
Sharecopping was part of Slavery too
Freed slaves were equally distressed, as they did not own land or have jobs to sustain them. Many slaves were uneducated and lacked skills. Often they returned to the plantations to work for pay. However, the plantation owners lacked the money to pay salaries.
A solution to both problems was the concept of sharecropping. With sharecropping, freed slaves would pay the plantation owner rent on a portion of property by giving the owner a share of the crops grown on that land.
The plantation owners provided "Housing", materials and machinery neede for farming the land.