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Sharecropping could be an unpredictable line of work: if it was a bad season or if the landowner just decided they no longer needed as much help, you’d pack up and find another farm. Since the sharecropping model meant the landowner provided all tools and supplies, as well as the land to farm, many croppers owned few possessions. They may have all been able to fit in a trunk like this, which they might load on a wagon or cart on their way to the next farm.

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