Carpetbaggers and Scalawags

Carpetbaggers were white northerners who came south in the aftermath of the Civil War.  Most white Southerners had a jaundiced view of all carpetbaggers but most, reluctantly, would concede that there were good Carpetbaggers, men who were honestly trying to help rebuild the South, and bad Carpetbaggers who were simply jumped up thieves and conmen.  Scalawags were white Southerners who played a role in the Reconstruction era governments.  Almost universally denounced as scoundrels by white Southerners, the Scalawags actually were a mixture of good men who were trying to establish a New South where white and black could live peacefully together, and the usual assortment of self-seeking grifters who abound in any defeated country after a war.

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