carpetbagger

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n carpetbagger an outsider who seeks power or success presumptuously "after the Civil War the carpetbaggers from the north tried to take over the south"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Carpetbagger An adventurer; -- a term of contempt for a Northern man seeking private gain or political advancement in the southern part of the United States after the Civil War (1865).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carpetbagger One who travels with a carpet-bag; specifically, a person who takes up his residence in a place, with no more property than he brings in a carpet-bag, with a view of making his way by enterprise.
    • n carpetbagger In the western United States, a “wildcat” banker, that is, one who had no local abiding-place, and could not be found when wanted. In the Southern States, after the civil war, a new-comer from the North: an opprobrious term applied properly to a class of adventurers who took advantage of the disorganized condition of political affairs in the earlier years of reconstruction to gain control of the public offices and to use their influence over the negro voters for their own selfish ends. The term was often extended to include any unpopular person of Northern origin living in the South.
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Idioms

Carpetbagger - A carpetbagger is an opportunist without any scruples or ethics, or a politican who wants to represent a place they have no connection with.
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Usage

In literature:

Neither were all the class designated as carpetbaggers dishonourable men.
"Up From Slavery: An Autobiography" by Booker T. Washington
The other Federal departments were in similar difficulties, and at last women and "carpetbaggers" were appointed.
"The Sequel of Appomattox" by Walter Lynwood Fleming
When I come along, the carpetbaggers were teaching and they knew their business.
"Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives" by Work Projects Administration
I spec' he was a two faced Yankee or carpetbagger.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
They were called the "carpetbaggers," because they usually carried their luggage in their hands.
"A Short History of the United States" by Edward Channing
Ku Klux went around de country and caught niggers and carpetbaggers.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
He had been taking corn and selling it to de carpetbaggers, and dat corn was fer de Ku Klux hosses.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
He did away with the carpetbaggers and all those dreadful people in the South.
"Tutors' Lane" by Wilmarth Lewis
He scared de Yankees and Carpetbaggers and all sech folks as dem away from our country.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The hanging carpetbagger was Rev.
"Ku Klux Klan" by J. C. Lester
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In news:

But Papuans say this mostly benefits carpetbaggers, not the native-born who make up roughly half of the 3 million people in the California-size territory.
The Carpetbagger's 2012 Oscar Predictions.
Melena Ryzik, a k a the Carpetbagger, has spent three months following the news and nonsense of Hollywood's awards season.
Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Holly Twyford stars as Sissie, the youngest of three sisters in Horton Foote's The Carpetbagger's Children.
The crazy logic of an outsider/insider carpetbagger candidacy.
The Carpetbagger State Welcomes Harold Ford.
Hayworth Releases Ad Calling Maloney A ' Carpetbagger .
The Carpetbagger 's 2012 Oscar Predictions.
Melena Ryzik, a k a the Carpetbagger , has spent three months following the news and nonsense of Hollywood's awards season.
The Carpetbagger 's 2011 Oscar Predictions.
Melena Ryzik, aka the Carpetbagger , has spent three months following the news and nonsense of Hollywood's awards season.
View the Carpetbagger 's 2010 Oscar predictions.
One candidate for the new state House district representing south Lee County is charging an opponent of being a political carpetbagger.
Celebrating 60 years of playwriting, Horton Foote returns to his native Texas for the world premiere of "The Carpetbagger's Children" at 7:30 pm tomorrow at the Neuhaus Arena of the Alley Theater in Houston.
Melena Ryzik is the lead writer of the Carpetbagger blog.
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