Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties

Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties

by John M. Scheb
     
 

Spanning three volumes, this comprehensive encyclopedia of over six hundred entries covers the full range of civil rights and liberties in America from the antecedents of the Bill of Rights through the most recent controversies over political and social issues, including abortion, free speech, religious liberty, voting rights, and the guarantees of equality. It

Overview

Spanning three volumes, this comprehensive encyclopedia of over six hundred entries covers the full range of civil rights and liberties in America from the antecedents of the Bill of Rights through the most recent controversies over political and social issues, including abortion, free speech, religious liberty, voting rights, and the guarantees of equality. It also addresses the civil rights and liberties issues stemming from America's ongoing "war on terrorism." Detailed entries include key concepts, historical events and developments, major trials and appellate court decisions, landmark legislation, legal doctrines, important personalities, and key organizations and agencies. Entries have an objective tone, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Designed as an up-to-date reference source for students, scholars, and citizens, the encyclopedia will help broaden and heighten understanding and appreciation for the wide range of issues associated with civil rights and liberties in the United States, and is the most sophisticated treatment available. The volumes of the encyclopedia consist of original entries, arranged alphabetically, on many current hot-button issues as well as in-depth coverage of the rights Americans hold sacred. Written by experts in the field, including attorneys, judges, and legal scholars, the encyclopedia takes a historical-legal approach, providing important information on the background and development of an issue or event. Specific entries include the following: BLAntismoking Legislation BLAccused, Rights of the BLBorder Searches BLChild Pornography BLDoctor-Assisted Suicide BLEqual Protection Clause BLInternet, Free Speech on BLKunstler,William BLWomen's Suffrage BLPentagon Papers Case BLDrug Testing BLFirst Amendment BLHabeas Corpus BLRehnquist, William H. BLSeat Belt Laws BLUSA Patriot Act The third volume concludes with over three dozen essential primary documents, including landmark statutes, key court decisions, and influential essays. Specific documents include the following: BLAlien and Sedition Acts (1798) BLBoy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000) BLDeclaration of Abolitionist Sentiments (1833) BL"Fireside Chat" (Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937) BL"Letter from a Birmingham Jail" (Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963) BLPlanned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) BLSecond Treatise of Government (John Locke, 1690) BLThe Slaughterhouse Cases (1873) BLVirginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1786) BLWisconsin v. Yoder (1972)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313327605
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Pages:
1342

Meet the Author

OTIS H. STEPHENS JR. is Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and Resident Scholar of Constitutional Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. He has authored or co-authored five books in constitutional law, including American Constitutional Law, Third Edition (2003) and The Supreme Court and Confessions of Guilt (1973). He has also published numerous articles and book chapters in law and political science.

JOHN M. SCHEB II is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Legal Studies Program at the University of Tennessee, where he teaches courses in criminal law, constitutional law, administrative law, judicial process, and law in society. He has authored numerous articles in professional journals and is co-author of several textbooks in political science.

KARA E. STOOKSBURY is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Her research areas include federalism, state constitutional law, and the first ladyship.

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