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The U.S. Constitution A to Z
Maddex, Robert L., 1942-
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2002]

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xi, 646 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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KF4548 .M33 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Constitution A to Z is a fine addition to the CQ's ready-reference encyclopedia of American government series. This comprehensive encyclopedia is an ideal resource for academic, public, and high school libraries or anyone who wants reliable information on the Constitution. Respected author Robert L. Maddex presents this guide to constitutional concepts and ideas in an A to Z format. In this one-stop reference work, readers will find: yen] 250 entries in A to Z format yen] 75 illustrations yen] appendices that include the annotated Constitution yen] a chronology of historic milestones yen] a bibliography yen] a table of cases yen] an index Sample entries include: Abortion, Armed Forces, Ballots, Bill of Rights, Census, Congress, Death Penalty, Democracy, Education, Foreign Affairs, Hate Crimes, Human Rights, International Law Internet, Justice, Lobbying, Minorities, Naturalization, Political Parties, Property, Religion Searches and Seizures, Supreme Court, Term Limits, Union, War, And more.

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Booklist Review

Librarians familiar with previous volumes of CQ's Ready Reference Encyclopedia of American Government series will welcome The U.S. Constitution A to Z. The 250 alphabetically arranged entries, running from Abortion to Zoning, clearly describe the concepts, issues, events, and persons that have kept the "world's oldest written national constitution still in force" a dynamic work in progress. The author, an attorney who specializes in international law, presents this volume as a useful overview of our constitutional history rather than an exhaustive work. But the inclusion of primary source documents (such as the First Charter of Virginia and both Virginia's and New Jersey's plans for the U.S. Constitution), a table of relevant court cases, a selected bibliography, and a list of Internet resources make it more than a simple introduction. Each entry's additional readings and the black-and-white illustrations throughout the book enhance its value for students wanting to learn more. Whether to purchase this volume, however, might depend on other similar holdings and space available. Many excellent reference sources on the U.S. Constitution have appeared in recent years, including Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments and Amending Issues, 1789^-1995 (ABC-CLIO, 1996), and Constitutional Amendments, 1789 to the Present (Gale, 2000). In addition to these one-volume works, there are the four-volume Constitution and Its Amendments (Macmillan, 1999) and the six-volume Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (2d ed., Macmillan, 2000). CQ's entry into the field is more current, including as it does coverage of the 2000 presidential election and alluding to some of the antiterrorism measures proposed after 9/11. It is recommended for academic, public, and high-school libraries that do not already own some of the above-mentioned works or could use an additional single-volume resource on the Constitution.

Choice Review

Maddex offers over 200 articles about issues (abortion, gun control), legal concepts (due process, privacy), landmark cases (Roe v. Wade, Brown v. Board of Education), and people (John Adams, Thurgood Marshall) related to the Constitution. Similar in format and quality to other CQ A to Z volumes, this work contains articles one to three pages in length with one or two suggestions for further reading. Many articles also contain charts, boxed summaries of speeches and documents, quotes (Jefferson in his own words), or informative lists. A table of cases, selected bibliography, selected Web sites, and a time line are included. The unique feature of this work is its collection of source materials--not only the ubiquitous Constitution and Declaration of Independence, but antecedents (the Mayflower Compact, First Charter of Virginia, versions of the Constitution submitted to the Constitutional Convention by New Jersey and Virginia) and various resolutions relating to the ratification of the final document. Although it lacks the breadth of sets like Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, ed. by Leonard W. Levy and Kenneth L. Karst (2nd ed., 6v., CH, Feb'01), it is an excellent, concise reference. S. Clerc Southern Connecticut State University