Interpretations, both popular and professional, of the influence of Northerners on the history of Florida have been characterized by two major concepts. Today the subject of northern immigration brings first to our minds the thought of the tourist and the settler, persons whose constructive roles in the development of the state need no affirmation. As we think of northern immigration in the late nineteenth century, however, our attitudes are colored by another label - that of the carpetbagger. The carpetbagger was of course a Yankee scoundrel up to no good, a corrupting element in southern society from the Old Dominion to the Lone Star State. The use of the term may be limited strictly to the northern born political opportunists who lived in, or moved into, the South at the end of the Civil War, but the term is often used with the implication that this blanket would cover about all of the Yankees to be found in Dixie during the postwar period.
Cance, Maurice M.
"Northerners in Late Nineteenth Century Florida: Carpetbaggers or Settlers?,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 38
, Article 3.
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