Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789–2015
4th Edition
by John R. Vile
July 2015, 655pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-931-0
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Proposed constitutional amendments reflect the concerns of American citizens.

Now in its fourth edition and completely updated, this is the most comprehensive book on constitutional amendments and proposed amendments available.

Although only 27 amendments have ever been added to the U.S. Constitution, the last one having been ratified in 1992, throughout American history, members of Congress have introduced more than 11,000 amendments, and countless individuals outside of Congress have advanced their own proposals to revise the Constitution—the wellspring of America’s legal, political, and cultural foundations. At a time when calls for a new constitutional convention are on the rise, it is essential for students of political science and history as well as American citizens to understand proposed alternatives.

This updated edition of the established standard for high school and college libraries as well as public and law libraries serves as the go-to reference for learning about existing constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and the issues related to them. An alphabetically arranged two-volume set, it contains more than 500 entries that discuss amendments that have been proposed in Congress from 1789 to the present. It also discusses prominent proposals for extensive constitutional changes introduced outside Congress as well as discussions of major amending issues.


  • Provides clear explanations of each of the 27 constitutional amendments that have been adopted throughout U.S. history as well as essays on the subjects of the thousands of other proposals that have been made
  • Articulates important issues involving the constitutional amending process
  • Outlines key proposals for more radical changes to the U.S. Constitution that have been introduced outside of Congress
John R. Vile, PhD, is professor of political science and dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Re-Framers: 170 Eccentric, Visionary, and Patriotic Proposals to Rewrite the U.S. Constitution; The Constitutional Convention of 1787: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of America's Founding; Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789–2010 (third edition); Great American Lawyers: An Encyclopedia; Great American Judges: An Encyclopedia; and many other works on the U.S. Constitution and the constitutional amending process. Vile holds a doctorate in government from the University of Virginia.


"The text revisions and 1,500 sources in the bibliography substantially supersede the previous edition, warranting purchase of this latest definitive analysis. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels; general readers."—Choice, March 1, 2016
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