This simulation allows students to get an idea of how the sharecropping system was set up in the rural South after the Civil War. The game gives students an opportunity to essentially "play" against the landowner in hopes of making money (a fancy word for profit). Students are paired up and are asked to select a role: landowner or freed slave. The students have to purchase supplies by rolling a die and they have to collect money from the harvest. The landowner also rolls a die when collecting rent, but the students will quickly realize that even with the best of luck and with a plentiful harvest, the system is set up against the sharecropper. Lastly, the students are asked to reflect on the game, which leads into a great discussion about the system of sharecropping.
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