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Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789-2023
5th Edition
by John R. Vile
October 2023, 800pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7952-4
$214, £165, 187€, A294
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The most extensive catalog and analysis of proposed constitutional amendments, both successful and unsuccessful, on the market today.

Written by a leading scholar of the constitutional amending process, this two-volume encyclopedia, now in its fifth edition, is an indispensable resource for students, legal historians, and high school and college librarians.

Although only 27 amendments have been adopted to the U.S. Constitution, members of Congress have introduced more than 12,000 proposed amendments to America’s founding legal document. Now in its fifth edition, this two-volume encyclopedia, written by Dr. John R. Vile, a leading authority on the constitutional amending process, offers a history and analysis of these proposed amendments and the 27 that have been ratified to date. Readers will find entries on the relevant court decisions important to amendments, the influential persons connected to amendments proposed and ratified, and both the resolved and unresolved legal issues surrounding the constitutional amending process. Included as well is an invaluable and exhaustively compiled bibliography of the books, articles, and other media related to constitutional amendments and the amending process. A staple since its original publication in 1996, this book is an invaluable resource for scholars of constitutional law, legal historians, and high school and college librarians.


  • Provides a comprehensive history of ratified constitutional amendments and the more than 12,000 proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the legal cases and legal issues related to proposed constitutional amendments
  • Features an up-to-date bibliography of the articles, books, and other media related to ratified and proposed constitutional amendments
  • Includes an exhaustively researched list of relevant persons associated with the constitutional amending process
John R. Vile is professor of political science and dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on the U.S. Constitution, the constitutional amending process, the Constitutional Convention of 1787, important U.S. documents, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, religion and politics, and great American symbols. Vile is a recipient of MTSU's Outstanding Career Achievement Award and the Congressman Neal Smith Award for his contributions to law-related education.
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