Origins of the Carpetbagger

By Thomas Nast — [1], Public Domain,

Many terms have come to us down throughout history and have been adopted to more modern usage. During that time, the original meaning becomes lost. One such word was “carpetbagger”. According to Miriam-Webster Dictionary, today a carpetbagger is “a political candidate who runs for office in a place where he or she has lived only for a short time.” That was not how the name came about.