- an act of reconstructing.
- (initial capital letter) U.S. History.
- the process by which the states that had seceded were reorganized as part of the Union after the Civil War.
- the period during which this took place, 1865–77.
Origin of reconstruction
Examples from the Web for reconstruction
Excerpted from Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen by Philip Dray.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate
January 7, 2015
Ed Brooke, the first African-American Senator since Reconstruction, embraced fights with the left and right.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America
January 4, 2015
Congress created SIGAR to provide oversight of relief and reconstruction projects in Afghanistan.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
The 1950s, observed C. Vann Woodward, resembled the era of Reconstruction in many ways.How Rock and Roll Killed Jim Crow
October 26, 2014
One case in particular became the focus of Stuart Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.Speed Read: James Risen Indicts The War On Terror’s Costly Follies
October 14, 2014
Reconstruction, readjustment, restoration all these must follow.
At least enough remained to prevent any wish for the reconstruction of the ruin behind her.The Paliser case
One of these ideals is the reconstruction of the world in the thought forms of causality.Psychotherapy
In the first place, it is not true that I admitted that Reconstruction was a failure.
It is clear that such a scheme must begin with the reconstruction of the alphabet.English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
- US history the period after the Civil War when the South was reorganized and reintegrated into the Union (1865–77)
Word Origin and History for reconstruction
The period after the Civil War in which the states formerly part of the Confederacy were brought back into the United States. During Reconstruction, the South was divided into military districts for the supervision of elections to set up new state governments. These governments often included carpetbaggers, as former officials of the Confederacy were not allowed to serve in them. The new state governments approved three amendments to the Constitution: the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery; the Fourteenth Amendment, which had a provision keeping some former supporters of the Confederacy out of public office until Congress allowed them to serve; and the Fifteenth Amendment, which guaranteed voting rights for black men. Once a state approved the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments, it was to be readmitted to the United States and again represented in Congress. The official end of Reconstruction came in 1877, when the last troops were withdrawn from the South.