That is where I got my split personalty. - Posted by Dr. Craig Whisler CA NV
Posted by Dr. Craig Whisler CA NV on October 06, 2003 at 16:32:40:
Half of my people were from the south and the other half were from the north. Brother fought brother. It really split our family up in a permanent way.
The carpetbaggers were primairly northern opportunists who, not having lost their family fortunes during the uncivil civil war, went south and bought up large and small southern plantations for pennies on the dollar at tax and foreclossure sales, after the war left the south poverty stricken. The southerners of course, very much resented the northern folks with money from stealing (buying) their land. They often carried luggage made of carpet, hense the term carpet bag. Rumor had it that their carpet bags were full of money. That was untrue of course. The carpet bags were no more than a vehicle for carrying their clothing and other possessions etc. the same as with any other traveler’s luggage today.
Many of the carpet baggers abused southerners in a multititude of other ways, just as the southerners had abused their slaves in miriad ways, and ALL northerners were very much resented for that reason. It is understandable. Some of my people were proud slave owners before the war and others of my forefathers were proud to kill slaveowners to help set the slaves free. America has an unsavory heritage in some ways and we best not forget where we came from, lest history repeat itself. The unhealthy conditions that obtained in the south prior to the 1860’s still exist in many parts of the world TODAY and it is best that we remember how far we have come and try to help others do the same. It was only last week that I read of a new law just passed in China that allows couples to marry without the permission of their employers. No permission, no marriage. Can you imagin that in 2003? I believe that the slaves generally had to have the same permisson from their captors, didn’t they?
I still go to tax sales, even today. In that sense it seems logical to call myself a carpetbagger. Folks who don’t pay their property taxes still resent those that buy them out at such sales. That’s just the way life is. If they chose to resent carpet baggers it just indictes to me that they or some of their kin have failed to pay their taxes too, and lost their property.
I am not ashamed to have worked hard, saved my money and made more by ‘carpetbagging’, at tax and foreclosure sales.
My post was not intended to be either offensive or provocative in any way to my southern cousins.