carpetbagger


car·pet·bag·ger

noun \-ˌba-gər\

: a person from the northern United States who went to the South after the American Civil War to make money

: a political candidate who runs for office in a place where he or she has lived only for a short time

Full Definition of CARPETBAGGER

1
:  a Northerner in the South after the American Civil War usually seeking private gain under the reconstruction governments
2
:  outsider; especially :  a nonresident or new resident who seeks private gain from an area often by meddling in its business or politics
car·pet·bag·gery \-ˌba-g(ə-)rē\ noun

Origin of CARPETBAGGER

from their carrying all their belongings in carpetbags
First Known Use: 1868

Other History Terms

agonistic, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin

Rhymes with CARPETBAGGER

carpetbagger

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Epithet used during the Reconstruction period (1865–77) to describe a Northerner in the South seeking private gain. The word referred to an unwelcome outsider arriving with nothing more than his belongings packed in a satchel or carpetbag. Many carpetbaggers were involved in corrupt financial schemes, but others helped rebuild the economy in the South and participated in educational and social reform.

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