Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments: Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789-1995

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Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments covers amendments, people, concepts, and other subjects. The book includes amendments that were proposed but never ratified as well as those that were adopted. Entries describe the amendment in question and explain its significance, including when the amendment was first introduced, the key players involved, and related unusual or otherwise interesting information.

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Overview

Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments covers amendments, people, concepts, and other subjects. The book includes amendments that were proposed but never ratified as well as those that were adopted. Entries describe the amendment in question and explain its significance, including when the amendment was first introduced, the key players involved, and related unusual or otherwise interesting information.

An essential reference for students and academics, lawyers and judges, librarians, members of Congress, and others. Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments is being published on the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first such work on amendments.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This authoritative and timely source will be heavily used in all libraries."

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American Libraries

"The first comprehensive view of amendments published since 1896, the Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments should be useful to political scientists, law professors, and historians."

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Law and Courts

"Vile does an incredible job of organizing and connecting vast amounts of history. Essential for many public and academic libraries."

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Library Journal, Starred Review

"A useful addition for all college and university libraries."

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Choice

"This unique source is an essential addition to all libraries."

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Library Journal

"Written in a narrative, easily understood style for high school and college students … Recommended."

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VOYA - Beth E. Andersen
Vile, an expert on constitutional amendments, has compiled more than four hundred entries on the twenty-seven ratified amendments to the Constitution of United States and on the ten thousand-plus proposed amendments made since 1789, which he has grouped by topic. Vile states in his preface that he has certain constitutional preferences (he would like to see a relatively balanced federal budget, an end to abortion on demand, and, oddly, a change in the twenty-second amendment to allow presidents the option of running for a third term even though he hopes the presidents would self-limit to just two terms), but the entries on those and other controversial topics are presented fairly in neutral language. One curiosity: the essay on abortion is found on the heading of Right to Life. Also included are biographical sketches of individuals and organizations that have been influential in the amendment process. A few entries cover relevant Supreme Court decisions, the Contract with America, and such novelty topics as FDR's court-packing plan. There are some notable gaps (no entry for pornography), but by his own admission Vile avers that this text, some of which is based on guesswork, is not all-inclusive. Still, the essays that are included, in combination with the appendices and the helpful Further Reading lists at the end of many entries, make this a decent addition to those libraries who can afford the purchase price. Index. Biblio. Further Reading. Chronology. Appendix.
Library Journal
Vile (political science, Middle Tennessee State Univ.) provides an encyclopedic treatment of proposed constitutional amendments and the key players who took part in the social and political events related to them. In over 400 alphabetically arranged entries, the author provides a history and analysis of the 27 existing amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the nearly 11,000 amendments that have been proposed. Biographical entries on constitutional scholars and others who participated in the mechanics or theory of the amendatory processes range from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Sam Ervin, Arthur S. Miller, and William Penn. Supreme Court decisions, often the impetus for constitutional amendments, are reviewed and explained. Subject-matter essays covering topics such as reproductive rights, slavery, and school prayer add depth and accessibility. The bibliography is extensive, and an appendix that lists key amending proposals by year is a handy tool. Vile does an incredible job of organizing and connecting vast amounts of history. Essential for many public and academic libraries.-Joan Pedzich, Harris, Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, N.Y.
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Gr 9 Up-With more than 400 alphabetically organized entries, this comprehensive but esoteric reference work explores the subtleties of the constitutional amendments and any information pertinent to the amendment process. The 27 successful amendments are covered in short but useful essays that discuss the history of their passing. Entries concerning failed efforts, such as the Equal Rights Amendment, usually describe other legislative measures used to address the subject of the proposed amendment. Other articles treat related issues, relevant Supreme Court cases, and presidents and other individuals who have influenced the amending process. Also included is a copy of the Constitution and a time line from 1683 to the present that lists important moments in amendment history and the number of amendments proposed in a given year. Although the book is comprehensive, the articles are uniformly short and the scope is somewhat limited. For large collections.-Lawrence Kapture, New York Public Library
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Describes the 27 amendments to the Constitution that have been ratified and discusses subjects related to proposed amendments, with some 400 alphabetical, cross-referenced entries on key concepts, figures, and movements. Addresses reforms introduced outside of Congress, Supreme Court decisions, and issues including abortion and elections. Includes entry bibliographies and a comprehensive bibliography, reference appendices, the text of the Constitution, and a list of cases. For general readers and researchers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874367836
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Pages: 427
  • Product dimensions: 7.45 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.51 (d)

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