The Reconstruction Acts, or Military Reconstruction Acts, (March 2, 1867, 14 Stat. 428-430, c.153; March 23, 1867, 15 Stat. 2-5, c.6; July 19, 1867, 15 Stat. 14-16, c.30; and March 11, 1868, 15 Stat. 41, c.25) were four statutes passed during the
A key feature of the Acts included the creation of five military districts in the South, each commanded by a general, which would serve as the acting government for the region.
In addition, Congress required that each state draft a new state constitution, which would have to be approved by Congress. The states also were required to ratify the