The U.S. Constitution A to Z, 2nd Edition Hardbound Edition / Edition 2

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Overview

Two hundred and fifty entries, from abortion to zoning, explain modern constitutional issues, legal concepts, influential cases, and important individuals. Also included are documents, including the Constitution (of course); important precedents such as the Mayflower Compact, the First Charter of Virginia, and the Articles of Confederation; early drafts of the Constitution; and various resolution and ratification documents from the Constitutional Congress and the various ratifying states. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

An update to the 2002 edition, Maddex's (Constitutions of the World) revision still competes with formidable, albeit older subject references, including Constitutional Amendments, 1789 to the Present(Gale, 1999) and the six-volume Encyclopedia of the American Constitution(Macmillan, 2000). Fully updated, the 250-plus entries incorporate recent legal developments up to 2007 and the evolution of scholarly perspectives on key figures and issues, and this makes the book the most current and cost-effective constitutional guide now available. Numerous illustrations, primary-source sidebars, a dynamic layout, and strategically placed pull quotes result in an appealing presentation of didactic content. Recommended for public, secondary, and postsecondary collections.


—Savannah Schroll Guz
School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

A chronology of legal milestones, 510 B.C.E. to C.E. 2003, is just the beginning of this finely crafted volume that describes how the U.S. Constitution continues to shape the laws and lives of our citizenry. The alphabetically arranged entries cover a wide variety of topics such as abortion, the electoral college, gun control, minorities, religion, slavery, and the Watergate scandal. Many specific Supreme Court cases and their ramifications are explained; updates include developments relating to the September 11th attacks and gay marriage. "Framers of the Constitution" features a state-by-state biography of each contributor. Extensive cross-references take the form of "More on this topic" boxes, and "see" entries, both in-text and following articles. Quotation and "Closer Look" sidebars add information and insight to the text, which is also enhanced by well-captioned black-and-white photographs, tables, and a few graphs. The encyclopedia section is followed by a collection of primary sources-the First Charter of Virginia, the Mayflower Compact, the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution by the State of Delaware-many of which might be found in a variety of scattered resources, but this volume provides one convenient location. This excellent title also boasts a table of Supreme Court cases and an extensive index. Though the opening chronology is not as up-to-date as it might be, this work is a must for any library supporting an American Government class.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS

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Two hundred and fifty entries, from abortion to zoning, explain modern constitutional issues, legal concepts, influential cases, and important individuals. Also included are documents, including the Constitution (of course); important precedents such as the Mayflower Compact, the First Charter of Virginia, and the Articles of Confederation; early drafts of the Constitution; and various resolution and ratification documents from the Constitutional Congress and the various ratifying states. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872897649
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: CQ's American Government a to Z Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 693
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.63 (d)

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