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deteriorate
used in The Souls of Black Folk

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become worse
  • On the other hand, if the rent was too high, or if the land deteriorated, the result was to discourage and check the efforts of the black peasantry.
    Chapter 8 (82% in)
  • But with the carrying out of the crop-lien system, the deterioration of the land, and the slavery of debt, the position of the metayers has sunk to a dead level of practically unrewarded toil.
    Chapter 8 (81% in)
  • The result of such rack-rent can only be evil,—abuse and neglect of the soil, deterioration in the character of the laborers, and a widespread sense of injustice.
    Chapter 8 (84% in)

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