When northern people came to the south to take advantage of their poor situation when they were vulnerable. This was after the Civil War and people were upset about it.

There is a modern day version which does not occur too much. See example for more.
Hillary Clinton. She came to New York from out of state, not knowing much. Bill tried to be cool and get an office in Harlem, but not one person bought that and saw through his attempts to conceal his non-new yorker self. You can't just go to another place and act like you own it. Con artists are good at this, and that is how she won.

For years, and even today, (real) New Yorkers have held signs and had bumper stickers saying things such as "Hillary GO HOME"

It is commonly understood that Hillary Clinton is not a New Yorker. However, it is equally understood that as she changes her mind on issues in a matter of minutes or depending on the audience, that she may change who she is (for example: saying she is from New York to New Yorkers, when she really is not. She could learn some lessons from Obama (a real democrat) who is consistent and does not tell lies.

What made hillary a Carpetbagger?: she took advantage of New York and her fame and ran for Senator. She was elected after her strong opposition was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was forced to drop from the race. After she was elected, it was clear she had no real interest in New York, and she was going to simply use it to run for President down the line. She knew it was impossible to beat President Bush in 2004, so she waited until now, and here she is. If she was serious about New York, she would do more than vote for $1 million in Tax funds for the hippie Woodstock concert museum, but the majority of New York's fire and ambulance services are volunteer and don't have enough federal funding. This shows her lack of genuine interest in New York.
by Carpetbagged New Yorker October 31, 2007
A married woman who routinely cruises gay clubs and hangouts for discreet female sexual encounters. She is typically unaware of pervasive subculture protocols.
Anne: Omigah! You have GOT to cut your nails and take off that promise ring before we go out, you look like a carpet bagger.
by elizabeth impossible December 19, 2008
Ppl who didnt have money for suitcase and used carpet to pack around their stuff and hanged in a stick.
when tom hangs his stuff on the stick when leaving home its called carpetbaggers
by ShazzFati January 04, 2012
One who journeys deep into teabagger-controlled territory to provide basic education in history (focusing on the lost decade, 2000-2010, which most teabaggers slept through, the bipartisan history of presidential advisers--aka czars, and the evolution and definitions of basic political terms), economics and government finance 101, geography, and critical thinking skills.
Dude, what are you gonna do when you graduate?

I dunno man, I thought about being a carpetbagger.

What's a carpetmuncher?
No, carpetbagging! You know, joining Americorps and teaching uneducated people in FEMA re-education camps.
Oh great! How noble of you!
by carpetbagger vance February 06, 2010
Someone who has alot of pubic hair and does a tea bagging like motion.
She is such a Carpet Bagger.
by SFHS Ray April 04, 2009
one who moves from the north to south or from the south to the north that moves in a carpet-bag
Wow you carpetbagger go back to the north
by corey gustavson February 17, 2008
Someone who brakes into your house, or room, and steals as many valuables as quickly as they can.
Last night i went to the bathroom and when i came back some carpetbagger had taken my laptop, camera, and cellphone.
by Hurricane7410 February 08, 2009

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