Definitions for Reconstructionˌri kənˈstrʌk ʃən
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re•con•struc•tionˌri kənˈstrʌk ʃən(n.)
the act of reconstructing.
(cap.) 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.
Category: American History
Origin of reconstruction:
Reconstruction, Reconstruction Period(noun)
the period after the American Civil War when the southern states were reorganized and reintegrated into the Union; 1865-1877
the activity of constructing something again
an interpretation formed by piecing together bits of evidence
reconstruction, reconstructive memory(noun)
recall that is hypothesized to work by storing abstract features which are then used to construct the memory during recall
A thing that has been reconstructed or restored to an earlier state.
The act of restoring something to an earlier state.
The reconstruction of the medieval bridge began last year.
An attempt to understand in detail how certain events took place or happened.
The detective's reconstruction of what happened that night is dubious.
A period of the history of the United States from 1865 to 1877, during which the nation tried to resolve the status of the ex-Confederate states, the ex-Confederate leaders, and the Freedmen (ex-slaves) after the American Civil War.
the act of constructing again; the state of being reconstructed
the act or process of reorganizing the governments of the States which had passed ordinances of secession, and of reestablishing their constitutional relations to the national government, after the close of the Civil War
In the history of the United States, the term Reconstruction Era has two senses: the first covers the complete history of the entire country from 1865 to 1877 following the Civil War; the second sense focuses on the transformation of the Southern United States from 1863 to 1877, as directed by Washington, with the reconstruction of state and society. Between 1863 and 1869, Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson took a moderate position designed to bring the South back to normal as soon as possible, while the Radical Republicans used Congress to block the moderate approach, impose harsh terms, and upgrade the rights of the freedmen. The views of Lincoln and Johnson prevailed until the election of 1866, which enabled the Radicals to take control of policy, remove former Confederates from power, and enfranchise the freedmen. A Republican coalition came to power in nearly all the southern states and set out to transform the society by setting up a free labor economy, with support from the Army and the Freedmen's Bureau. The Radicals, upset at President Johnson's opposition to Congressional Reconstruction, filed impeachment charges but the action failed by one vote in the Senate. President Ulysses S. Grant supported Radical Reconstruction and enforced the protection of African Americans in the South through the use of the Force Acts passed by Congress. Grant used both the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. military to suppress white insurgency and support the Republican reconstructed states. Southern Democrats, who strongly opposed African-American equality to whites, alleged widespread corruption, counterattacked and regained power in each state by 1877. President Rutherford B. Hayes blocked efforts to overturn Reconstruction legislation.
Translations for Reconstruction
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- إعادَة بِناءArabic
- reconstruçãoPortuguese (BR)
- die RekonstruktionGerman
- ανασυγκρότηση, ανάπλαση, αναπαράστασηGreek
- rekonstrukcija, obnovaCroatian
- újjáépítés, rekonstrukcióHungarian
- atkūrimas, rekonstrukcijaLithuanian
- rekonstrukcija; restaurācija; atjaunošanaLatvian
- rekonstruksjon, gjenreisingNorwegian
- بيرته سمونه، بياجوړونه، بياروغونهPashto
- yeniden tasarlamaTurkish
- 重建，再現Chinese (Trad.)
- перебудова, реконструкціяUkrainian
- تعمیر نوUrdu
- sự dựng lạiVietnamese
- 重议，重定，重建Chinese (Simp.)
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