Second Reconstruction Law and Legal Definition

Second Reconstruction refers to the American Civil Rights Movement against segregation and discrimination that burst out following World War II. It shared many similarities with the period of Reconstruction which followed the American Civil War. The second reconstruction period featured active participation on the part of African-Americans to regain their rights that they had lost during the period of Redemption (U.S. history) and Jim Crow segregation in the latter part of the nineteenth century. During this period, African-Americans once again began holding various political offices, and reasserting and reclaiming their civil and political rights as American citizens.