Carpetbagger reputations suffered greatly for most of the century following the end of Reconstruction. Within the past few decades, however, historians have reexamined the careers of many of these individuals and discovered that they made more positive contributions to southern life than previously thought.1 On the regional level this trend was exemplified by the 1988 publication of Richard N. Current’s Those Terrible Carpetbaggers: A Reinterpretation. In Florida, revisionist study was launched in the 1960s and 1970s when Joe M. Richardson and Jerrell H. Shofner offered new and comprehensive treatments of the period.2 Sarah Whitmer Foster and John T. Foster, Jr., among others, have furthered these efforts by focusing upon the achievements of ministers and adherents of the Northern Methodist Church and of teachers and social activists such as Chloe Merrick.
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"Carpetbagger Intrigues, Black Leadership, and a Southern Loyalist Triumph: Florida's Gubernatorial Election of 1872,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 72:
3, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol72/iss3/5