scalawag, scallywag (noun)
a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
rogue, knave, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag, varlet (noun)
a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
imp, scamp, monkey, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag (noun)
one who is playfully mischievous
Any white Southerner who supported the federal plan of Reconstruction after the Civil War or who joined with the black freedmen and the carpetbaggers in support of Republican Party policies.
In United States history, scalawags were southern whites who supported Reconstruction and the Republican Party after the Civil War. Like similar terms such as "carpetbagger" the word has a long history of use as a slur against southerners considered by other conservative or pro-federation Southerners to betray southern values by supporting policies considered Northern such as desegregation and racial integration. The term is commonly used in historical studies as a neutral descriptor of Southern White Republicans, though some historians have discarded the term due to its history of pejorative connotations.
In United States history, the term scalawag (sometimes spelled scallawag or scallywag) referred to white Southerners who supported Reconstruction policies and efforts after the conclusion of the American Civil War. As with the term carpetbagger, the word has a long history of use as a slur in Southern partisan debates. The post-Civil War opponents of the scalawags claimed they were disloyal to traditional values and white supremacy. Scalawags were particularly hated by 1860s–1870s Southern Democrats, who called Scalawags traitors to their region (long known for its widespread chattel slavery). Prior to the Civil War, most Scalawags had been opposed to the southern states' (the Confederacy's) secession from the United States.The term is commonly used in historical studies as a descriptor of Reconstruction Era Southern white Republicans, although some historians have discarded the term due to its history of pejorative connotations.
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