Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties
Revised and Expanded Edition, 2nd Edition
by Kara E. Stooksbury, John M. Scheb II, and Otis H. Stephens Jr., Editors
September 2017, 1277pp, 8 1/2x11
4 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4109-5
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Over the past 10 years, there have been both advancements and setbacks in U.S. civil rights and liberties: the rights of LGBT people were extended, but the rights of African American voters did not.

Thoroughly updated and featuring 75 new entries, this monumental four-volume work illuminates past and present events associated with civil rights and civil liberties in the United States.

This revised and expanded four-volume encyclopedia is unequaled for both the depth and breadth of its coverage. Some 650 entries address the full range of civil rights and liberties in America from the Colonial Era to the present. In addition to many updates of material from the first edition, the work offers 75 new entries about recent issues and events; among them, dozens of topics that are the subject of close scrutiny and heated debate in America today. There is coverage of controversial issues such as voter ID laws, the use of drones, transgender issues, immigration, human rights, and government surveillance. There is also expanded coverage of women’s rights, gay rights/gay marriage, and Native American rights. Entries are enhanced by 42 primary documents that have shaped modern understanding of the extent and limitations of civil liberties in the United States, including landmark statutes, speeches, essays, court decisions, and founding documents of influential civil rights organizations.

Designed as an up-to-date reference for students, scholars, and others interested in the expansive array of topics covered, the work will broaden readers’ understanding of—and appreciation for—the people and events that secured civil rights guarantees and concepts in this country. At the same time, it will help readers better grasp the reasoning behind and ramifications of 21st-century developments like changing applications of Miranda Rights and government access to private Internet data. Maintaining an impartial stance throughout, the entries objectively explain the varied perspectives on these hot-button issues, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions.


  • Offers 686 alphabetically arranged entries, ranging from thoroughly updated entries from the first edition to 75 new entries that cover dramatic changes in civil rights and liberties in the last decade
  • Covers the latest events and controversies surrounding civil liberties issues in America
  • Fully explores the scope and limitations of Constitutional rights, a perennially hot topic in American politics and society
  • Includes primary documents with contextual headnotes to enhance understanding of the full importance of the featured document
  • Provides sources for further reading with each entry to help users engage in additional research
Kara E. Stooksbury, PhD, is chair of the Department of History, Political Science, and Sociology as well as associate professor of political science at Carson-Newman University. She was coeditor of the first edition of Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties.

John M. Scheb II, PhD, is professor of political science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is author of Criminal Law and Procedure, 7th edition and coauthor of Law and the Administrative Process; An Introduction to the American Legal System, 4th edition; and American Constitutional Law, 6th edition. Scheb was coeditor of the first edition of Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties.

Otis H. Stephens, Jr., JD, PhD, is professor emeritus of law and political science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is author of The Supreme Court and Confessions of Guilt and coauthor of American Constitutional Law, 6th edition and Unreasonable Searches and Seizures: Rights and Liberties under the Law. He was coeditor of the first edition of Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties.


2018 Top Ten Reference—Booklist, May 15, 2018


"The revised and expanded Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties is comprehensive, balanced, accurate, and up-to-date. . . . While there have been other reference volumes on the topics, this inclusive, outstanding work provides current and historical coverage, and conveys the changes in controversial and enduring national issues. Recommended highly for academic libraries and for public libraries as needed."—Booklist, Starred Review, December 18, 2017

"This is a comprehensive resource, which would be a useful addition to any academic or public library."—ARBA, March 13, 2018
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