Antedating of "Carpetbagger"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 7 19:44:46 UTC 2013

carpetbagger (OED 1868)

1867 _Montgomery Daily Mail_ 30 Nov. in _Journal of Southern History_ (2006) 72: 798  (headline) Carpet Bagers [sic] and Negroes to the Front.

[NOTE: This occurrence may actually be the coinage of the term.]

Fred Shapiro
YALE BOOK OF QUOTATIONS (Yale University Press)

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