Sharecropping is a legal arrangement with regard to agricultural land in which a landowner allows a tenant to use the land in return for a share of the crops produced on that land. Traditional sharecropping declined after mechanization of farm work beginning in the late 1930s. By the end of the 1960s, sharecropping had disappeared in the United States. But there are still vestiges of sharecropping and tenant farmers are still in use in parts of the United States.