- 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.
Examples from the Web for reconstruction
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|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Congress created SIGAR to provide oversight of relief and reconstruction projects in Afghanistan.
The 1950s, observed C. Vann Woodward, resembled the era of Reconstruction in many ways.
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|William O’Connor|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Douglas Wilder became the first African American governor of any state since Reconstruction in Virginia in 1990.
The history of that period, of the reconstruction period of the South, has never been fully told.The Dixie Book of Days|Matthew Page Andrews
So 733 represents a reconstruction in that sense, is that correct?Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
While these immense preparations were going on, the First Consul devoted his energies to the reconstruction of society in France.Joseph Bonaparte|John S. C. Abbott
It is not arbitrary destruction and reconstruction, but a natural process of development.British Socialism|J. Ellis Barker
Often the very accumulation of fixed ideas commands this reconstruction.Essays in Experimental Logic|John Dewey
British Dictionary definitions for reconstruction
Word Origin and History for reconstruction
1791, "action or process of reconstructing," from re- + construction. In U.S. political history sense (usually with a capital R-), from 1865. It had been used during the American Civil War in reference to reconstitution of the union.
Culture definitions 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.