Reconstruction policies took many forms in its ten-year duration. And surely, it is important to distinguish between policies that were meant to restore political stability to the Union and those that brought rapid change (i.e. Civil Rights amendments).
What is undeniable, is that Reconstruction was an attempt to change society, even if critics argue it was a failed one. Is Reconstruction the proper term? Does the act of reconstruction imply that an institution is torn down and rebuilt from scratch? Would a better word be redemption or maybe even restoration?
Pick a handful of specific examples from tonight's reading to help illustrate your point.