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Scalawag vs. Scallywag

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Scalawagnoun

(pejorative) A rascal.

Scallywagnoun

A disreputable fellow, a good-for-nothing, a scapegrace, a blackguard

Scalawagnoun

A scrawny cow.

Scallywagnoun

white Southerner supporting Reconstruction policies after the Civil War usually for self-interest

Scalawagnoun

Any white Southerner who supported the federal plan of Reconstruction after the American Civil War or who joined with the black freedmen and the carpetbaggers in support of Republican Party policies.

Scallywagnoun

a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel

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Scalawagnoun

A scamp; a scapegrace.

Scallywagnoun

one who is playfully mischievous

Scalawagnoun

white Southerner supporting Reconstruction policies after the Civil War usually for self-interest

Scalawagnoun

a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel

Scalawagnoun

one who is playfully mischievous

Scalawag

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.

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