CIVIL WAR ERA BRASS CARPET BAG CATCH, FORT WAYNE #2, OKLAHOMA
THIS IS A CIVIL WAR ERA BRASS CARPET BAG CATCH. IT IS FROM FORT WAYNE #2 OKLAHOMA AREA.
With the rapid expansion of railroads in the 1840ôs and 1850ôs
Ordinary people were traveling in large numbers, and there was an need for
cheap luggage ,so thousands of carpetbags were manufactured. They were made by
saddle makers in many town and cities and were many sizes and shape. They were
called Carpetbags because the makers would buy old carpets and construct the
bags from the pieces of carpet that were not completely worn out. This how
Carpet bags could be manufactured cheaply , they sold in Dry Goods for $1 to $2.
By the 1860s carpetbags were carried by all most everyone, Men, Women, well
to do , middle class and not so well to do. Carpetbags were the first suitcases
made in large numbers. When you traveled during the Civil War (1861-1865) and
though the 1870, you packed your Carpetbag . This became a way to identify an
During the civil war Reconstruction Period (1865-1870) many people for the
Northern States went South because it was so poor that there many opportunities
for a person with money even a little money. For example you could own a farm by
paying the past due taxes for as little as $25. These Opportunities attacked all
sorts people from honest hard working farmers, to crooks, charlatans, con artist
and of course crooked politicians. All these outsiders (identified by their
Carpetbag) were called Carpetbaggers and still are in many places. It became the
term to refer to a Yankee who moved to the south and usually meant a ‚Äúdamn
Yankee and not to be trusted, a scoundrel‚ÄĚ. Probably the worst Carpetbaggers
were the politicians who used their positions in the corrupt Reconstruction
Government to enrich themselves through bribes, graft and other despicable acts
at the expense of native Southerners. Today the dictionary defines a
Carpetbagger as an outsider involved in politics.
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