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reconstruction (s), reconstructions (pl) (noun forms)
1. The process of building something again.
2. Putting a country back into a good condition after a war.
3. A situation in which someone tries to form an idea about something that happened previously by connecting pieces of information.
4. A copy of something that existed in the past; such as, an accurate historical reconstruction of a period or event from the past.
5. Surgery that a doctor does to repair a part of the body that has been damaged or is not shaped normally.
6. Reconstruction Period, a title for the period of U.S. history from 1865 through 1877, during which the states that had seceded during the Civil War were reorganized under federal control and later restored to the Union.

At the end of the Civil War, the defeated South was a ruined land. The physical destruction caused by the invading Union forces was enormous, and the old social and economic order founded on slavery had collapsed completely, with nothing to replace it.

The eleven Confederate states had to be restored to their positions in the Union again and provided with appropriate governments, and the role of the emancipated slaves in Southern society had to be clearly stated or defined.

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