The campaign is largely fought over Reconstruction, and the Republicans campaign on the idea that Grant would restore peace to the government (and to the nation). Seymour's running mate, Francis P. Blair Jr., goes on a speaking tour and tries to provoke racial hatred, warning that under the Republicans "a semi-barbarous race of blacks who are worshippers of fetishes and polygamists" would rule over white people. Seymour adopts less inflammatory rhetoric, arguing for amnesty for past Confederates and the restoration of state-level civil authority in the South (as opposed to military administration).
For Reconstruction we've had to take a different approach. There was no singular Reconstruction. Instead, there were many Reconstructions that varied by state, region, and even locality. Millions escaped slavery either penniless or nearly so. As the political situation shifted around them, they scoured the South for lost family members, got married, bought lands, planted crops, started schools, banded together in self-defense, and claimed their place in political life.
In Iraq, reconstruction remains a daunting obstacle to displaced people returning home. The government has allocated money and established commissions for people to file for assistance. But there is little sign of that money being used for reconstruction after years of war that devastated the country.
The government adopted Friday a revised basic policy for the reconstruction of areas affected by the March 2011 disasters, which features the establishment of a successor body to the Reconstruction Agency. The existing agency is to be dissolved by the end of March 2021, 10 years after the Tohoku region and other areas were hit by the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent triple core meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s Fukushima No. 1 plant. In the revised policy, adopted at a Cabinet meeting, the government made clear that it will establish the successor institution to complete reconstruction. It also plans to create a ministerial post at the new body. Based on a set of proposals for accelerating reconstruction, to be compiled by the ruling camp this summer at the earliest, the government plans to submit related bills to the Diet next year.