The term scalawag itself was a term used by Southern farmers to denote small worthless animals. After the Northern victory in the Civil War, it came to mean a Republicansympathizer in the South (generally white), and was a term of derision.
Some Confederate sympathizers view General James Longstreet as a scalawag, and he was the only major Confederate officer to join the post-war Republican Party. Many Southerners never forgave him for siding with the Republicans (i.e., the Northern power structure) after the war.
Many scalawags were sincere in their belief that conformance with the dictated measures of the Reconstruction Acts was the best and fastest way to end Reconstruction and return the South to home rule.
Scalawags who persisted in aiding the Northern Republicans after the passage of the March 27, 1867, supplementary Reconstruction Act, which instituted military rule in the Southern states to enforce fl suffrage and political equality, were especially detested and would sometimes become the target of vigilantism by groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.
Franklin J. Moses, Jr., is an example of the worst of the scalawags.
scalawags, derogatory term used in the South after the Civil War to describe native white Southerners who joined the Republican party and aided in carrying out the congressional Reconstruction program.
Jaime Caringal has issued a stern warning to police scalawags in the region, saying that their days in the service are now...
She explained that the CAAC had been aware of the activities of police scalawags and will not be surprised once these policemen are named in public.
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