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Unformatted text preview: Definition: Significance: Crop Lien Definition: A crop lien is where share-croppers borrow equipment and seed from the merchant at the beginning of the season. The merchant would then have first claim on all the crops until the debt was paid off. Significance: This allowed land holders to have a huge advantage over laborers and made it increasingly difficult for laborers to escape debt. Debt Peonage Definition: An economic dependence that made many farmers virtual slaves. Left then unable to grow the crops they wanted and/or needed (such as food). Significance: Left them with no control over the crops they grew and sold....
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