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carpetbaggers,

epithet used in the South after the Civil War to describe Northerners who went to the South during ReconstructionReconstruction,
1865–77, in U.S. history, the period of readjustment following the Civil War. At the end of the Civil War, the defeated South was a ruined land. The physical destruction wrought by the invading Union forces was enormous, and the old social and economic
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 to make money. Although regarded as transients because of the carpetbags in which they carried their possessions (hence the name carpetbaggers), most intended to settle in the South and take advantage of speculative and commercial opportunities there. With the support of the black vote the carpetbaggers played an important role in the Republican state governments. The corrupt activities of some made the term carpetbagger synonymous with any outsider who meddles in an area's political affairs for his own benefit.

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1865–77, in U.S. history, the period of readjustment following the Civil War. At the end of the Civil War, the defeated South was a ruined land. The physical destruction wrought by the invading Union forces was enormous, and the old social and economic
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Carpetbaggers

northern exploiters whose chicanery exacerbated Reconstruction problems. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 84]

carpetbaggers

northern politicians who settled in the South to control the Negro vote. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 84]
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