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Children's LiteratureCompass Point Books brings the reader another important part of American history with this title. It carefully documents the effect that people from other states had on the Southern states when they moved there after the end of the American Civil War. Many carpetbaggers were elected to represent their adopted states in Congress or in state legislatures. Carpetbagger became a term used to identify people who were from the Northern states but came to the South to seek personal gain. This book clearly shows that there were many goods things accomplished by these non-native sons. Many people performed extremely courageous services to help southern Blacks become independent and successful after the war. There were others who only sought to cheat others and squander public funds. This is a fine book—it gives the reader a true sense of what a carpetbagger did. An index and historic sites related to the topic are also presented. The book is part of the "We the People" series. 2005, Compass Point Books, Ages 10 to 14.