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Rights and POwer: The POlitics of Reconstruction
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Carpetbag, tapestry wool, mid 19th century. (The Valentine Museum)

Carpetbag, tapestry wool, mid 19th century. (The Valentine Museum)

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Widely used as travel bags in the mid 19th century, carpetbags became associated with Northern white Republicans who moved South after the Civil War.

"Carpetbagger," a derisive term devised by Reconstruction's opponents, has remained part of the vocabulary of American politics

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