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.
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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.
These days, country music is filled with country carpetbaggers.Gwyneth Paltrow and the Rise of the Country Carpetbagger|Bryan Curtis|January 6, 2011|DAILY BEAST
One was the radical carpetbaggers, and the other conservative.Two Wars: An Autobiography of General Samuel G. French|Samuel Gibbs French
Joe, soon after this, decided to stay in the carpetbaggers' city and take the agency of a large insurance company.Jiglets|Walter Jones
The other Federal departments were in similar difficulties, and at last women and "carpetbaggers" were appointed.
New appointments were nearly always carpetbaggers and native radicals who could take the "ironclad" oath.
Resentment at the methods employed by the Northern religious carpetbaggers was strong among the Southern whites.