Slavery Fought Through the Written Word
Slavery was a hot topic long before the Civil War broke out. Individuals from both sides voiced their opinions through laws, political speeches, and even the written word.
The Good Intentions of the Carpetbaggers
Yet many carpetbaggers looked to improve positions in the South. One of the greatest needs was education of the black community.
Carpetbaggers and the New Social South
The social aspect was also a major change in the South. It would take quite a bit of adjustment for both the blacks and the whites. It was also an aspect that carpetbaggers could take advantage of as well as give a large amount of aid.
Carpetbaggers and the South's Economy
The change in the economic status of the entire country played a major part in the treatment of the new freed slaves and the role of the carpetbagger. It began with the change in the status of the slaves combined with the effects of war on the land.
The Intent of the Carpetbagger
The world had changed for the South. Overall life as it had been was over. A new world awaited Southerners whether they liked it or not with the main areas being politics, economics, and social aspects. Carpetbaggers arriving showed how dramatically life in the south was going to change.
Origins of the Carpetbagger
It originated during the Reconstruction period of American history. After the civil war, the term was created to describe a “person from the northern United States who went to the South after the American Civil War to make money.” From there it developed a negative connotation.
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