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  •  An antidote to Birth of a Nation and the Clansman (0+ / 0-)

    is A Fool's Errand by Albion Tourgee, who actually was a "carpetbagger" (in the non-pejorative sense of the word).

    Very exciting and enriches the period.

    The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

    by Upper West on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:48:56 PM PST

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    •  there's really NO non-pejorative sense of (0+ / 0-)

      "carpetbagger," and the definitive example of why is the Bush family, fils et pere, carpetbagging their ways into The People's House.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:14:21 PM PST

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      •  But (0+ / 0-)

        in the 1860's and '70s, there were Northerners who went south to the occupied states with very good intentions of actual reconstruction.  I don't remember for sure, but even in the book they may not have minded the term "carpetbagger."

        the exclusively pejorative use of the term came with the racist history of reconstruction that dominated schools until the 1960's.

        The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

        by Upper West on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:02:06 PM PST

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        •  Carpetbagger: (0+ / 0-)

          Check out what it means in the UK.
          I think even the neoabolitionists would admit the Bush Crime Family came to Texas for personal gain, not for the good of the country or the state.

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

          by BlackSheep1 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:24:27 PM PST

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