Reconstruction Acts Law and Legal Definition

Reconstruction Acts refers to those acts which were passed in 1867 and 1868 after the end of the Civil War for reconstruction process.

The Acts aims:

1. creation of five military districts in the seceded states not including Tennessee, which had ratified the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and was readmitted to the Union;

2. Congressional approval for new state constitutions which were required for Confederate states to rejoin the Union;

3. confederate states give voting rights to all men; and

4. ratification of 14th Amendment by all former Confederate states.