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