CARPETBAGGERS AND SCALAWAGS
“Damn Yankee and not to be trusted, a scoundrel!”
The history behind Carpetbaggers and Scalawags runs deep. In 1867, Southerners were staying away from the elections and preferred military rule to letting blacks vote in a democratic election. With the Southerners being gone, control passed to the carpetbaggers and scalawags. They had control as long as the Republican party was in power in the South.