from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The occupying of a farm on lease, and not as owner.
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By guaranteeing access to the land, he hoped it would be possible to liberate millions from tenant-farming, sharecropping, and all forms of “wage slavery.”
In districts where tenant-farming is largely in vogue, gray hairs are much fewer.
Of course they could only make tenant-farming pay by means of excessive economy and laboriousness, as the rents are high, but in these respects they are not wanting.
Much of the farming in these parts is tenant-farming on a fair scale, i.e., fifty to two or three hundred acres.
The poorest has his bit of land, to which he adds from time to time by the fruit of his industry, and though tenant-farming is carried on largely, owing to the wealth and enterprize of the agricultural population, the tenant-farmers almost always possess land of their own, and they hire more in order to save money for future purchases.
If tenant-farming does not pay in England, it certainly can only do so in France by means of a laboriousness and economy of which we have hardly an idea.