Posted by ESC on October 11, 2003
In Reply to: Carpet-bagger posted by michel on October 11, 2003
: last question for today - this is a great site and you are all very literate
CARPETBAGGER - "an outlander moving into a new area to seek political power at the expense of the native politicians. The term 'carpetbagger' gained wide currency in the South during the Reconstruction period.English writer George Rose in 1868 described 'what the Southerners call carpetbaggers, men traveling with little luggage and less character, making political capital out of the present state of affairs.'.The carpetbag was a symbol of the man who traveled light, and hence the man on the make. Before the Civil War, a carpetbagger was an itinerant banker with meager assets who operated in sparsely settled areas." From "Safire's New Political Dictionary" by William Safire (Random House, New York, 1993).