"This cartoon is critical of the so-called carpetbaggers, government
agents and others from the North who often took advantage of the
South after the American Civil War ended in 1865. It was published to
ridicule the administration of United States President Ulysses S. Grant."
During the period of Reconstruction, the carpetbaggers certainly played a key role in the events of that time. How much good and how much bad they initiated can certainly be debated. On the positive side, they were able to fight for black rights and racial justice while helping rebuild the failing Southern economies and governments. However, they also served to leave the fiscal situation of the states in disarray while they left a bitter taste the mouths of future Southern Democrats.
*Taken from Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2000
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