And you had the carpetbaggers and all that, but as occupations go, it wasn't so brutal.
carpetbaggers already in situ to cash in on the wasted and exhausted city.
Of the carpetbaggers half were personally honest, but all were unscrupulous in politics.'
Generally the blacks showed no desire for mixed schools unless urged to it by the carpetbaggers.
When I come along, the carpetbaggers were teaching and they knew their business.
There were a few thousand carpetbaggers in each State, with, at first, a much larger number of scalawags.
This was prior to the advent of carpetbaggers and organization in Alabama of the Republican party.
City and county taxes, where carpetbaggers were in control, increased in the same way.
The Negroes were given minor positions when offices were more plentiful than carpetbaggers.
He scared de Yankees and carpetbaggers and all sech folks as dem away from our country.
also carpet-bagger, 1868, American English, scornful appellation for Northerners who went South after the fall of the CSA seeking private gain or political advancement. The name is based on the image of men arriving with all their worldly goods in a big carpetbag. Sense later extended to any opportunist from out of the area.
Northerners who went to the South after the Civil War to take part in Reconstruction governments, when persons who had supported the Confederacy were not allowed to hold public office (see Fourteenth Amendment). Some of them arrived, according to legend, carrying only one carpetbag, which symbolized their lack of permanent interest in the place they pretended to serve.
Note: Carpetbagger is still a general term for nonresident politicians who exploit their districts.