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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•con•struc•tionˌri kənˈstrʌk ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of reconstructing.

  2. (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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Reconstruction, Reconstruction Period(noun)

    the period after the American Civil War when the southern states were reorganized and reintegrated into the Union; 1865-1877

  2. reconstruction(noun)

    the activity of constructing something again

  3. reconstruction(noun)

    an interpretation formed by piecing together bits of evidence

  4. reconstruction, reconstructive memory(noun)

    recall that is hypothesized to work by storing abstract features which are then used to construct the memory during recall


  1. reconstruction(Noun)

    A thing that has been reconstructed or restored to an earlier state.

  2. reconstruction(Noun)

    The act of restoring something to an earlier state.

    The reconstruction of the medieval bridge began last year.

  3. reconstruction(Noun)

    An attempt to understand in detail how certain events took place or happened.

    The detective's reconstruction of what happened that night is dubious.

  4. Reconstruction(ProperNoun)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reconstruction(noun)

    the act of constructing again; the state of being reconstructed

  2. Reconstruction(noun)

    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


  1. Reconstruction Era

    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 Congress, with the reconstruction of state and society. From 1863 to 1865, Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson took moderate positions designed to bring the South back to normal as quickly as possible, while the Radical Republicans used Congress to block their moderate approaches, impose harsh terms, and upgrade the rights of the freedmen. Klose and Lader argue in their history textbook, that Johnson "favored a moderate policy ... He proceeded, therefore, to carry out a policy similar to Lincoln's." Klose also compares African American freedmen to "children," however, and claims the Radical Republicans "unwisely and revengefully sought to give full and immediate equality to the former slaves." In fact, Lincoln's last speeches show that he was leaning toward supporting the enfranchisement of freedmen, whereas Johnson was opposed to this.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reconstruction' in Nouns Frequency: #2704

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