Finding Your Roots

A Family of Sharecroppers

Clip: Season 1 Episode 7 | 1m 24s

Brown University President Ruth Simmons grew up in a family of sharecroppers, a notorious system in which farmers pick cotton and live on someone else's land for a share of the profits. But they had to pay such high charges for rent, they often fell into a cycle of debt.

Aired: 04/28/12

Rating: NR

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