Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789-2010 [2 volumes] / Edition 3

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First published to universal acclaim, including a "Best Reference Book" citation from Library Journal, John Vile's award-winning Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues has long served as the definitive work on this vast and essential subject. Expanded and updated, the new Third Edition of this landmark resource takes its place as the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference of its kind.

With over 500 alphabetically organized entries, the Encyclopedia tells the whole story of constitutional amendments: the rigorous ratification process, the significance of the 27 amendments that made it into the Constitution, and the notable and sometimes preposterous topics of the thousands that did not. The third edition offers a new preface, updated research throughout, and over 75 new entries, including discussions of amendments currently under consideration, such as proposals to ban burning the U.S. flag, legalize school prayer, and compel the federal government to balance the budget.

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"This updated version will work nicely with more general titles on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and American political history. Recommended for all libraries." - Library Journal

"For scholars, high school and college students, and general readers, Vile presents an encyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments by Congress and ordinary citizens, proposed constitutions, and amending issues, from 1789 to 2010. It contains about 525 entries organized alphabetically that are mostly on the 27 ratified amendments, but including successful and unsuccessful proposed amendments by topic, such as abortion, citizenship, powers of Congress, free trade, impeachment, lynching, minimum wages, polygamy, slavery, terrorism, and voting rights." - Reference & Research Book News

"This is a highly recommended title for any collection serving serious researchers and students of the Constitution." - Booklist

"Now in its third edition, this encyclopedia by Vile remains the quintessential work for this subject area—constitutional amendments. . . . Vile has meticulously reduced the redundancies in existing entries, an approach that has resulted in a more focused and ultimately indispensable resource. This extremely user-friendly set, featuring 75-plus new entries, offers an authoritative, insightful perspective on constitutional amendments. Academic and public library collections will benefit greatly by having this work in their collections. . . . Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." - Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598843163
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/22/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 628
  • Sales rank: 1,038,347
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 2.20 (d)

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