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Civil liberties in America : a reference handbook
Walker, Samuel, 1942-
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Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2004]

Physical Description:
xi, 323 pages ; 24 cm.
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KF4749 .W35 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A concise, authoritative guide to civil liberties issues in American society, from freedom of speech and religious liberty to due process, equal protection, and privacy.

20 photos, a list of further resources (print and electronic), and a Chronology

Author Notes

Samuel Walker is professor of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, NE.

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Choice Review

This is the 21st volume in ABC-CLIO's "Contemporary World Issues" series. As such, Walker (Univ. of Nebraska) follows the template for these works, providing an overview, chronology of important events, biographical sketches of key people, important documents, and a summary of print and nonprint sources available on the topic. The author is well known and respected in the scholarly study of civil liberties, having previously published In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU (1990) and Hate Speech: The History of an American Controversy (CH, Dec'94). In general, and given the confines of the required template, Walker has done a good job, and the work is certainly worth the time of general readers. It is not suitable, nor was it intended, for scholars and experts in the field. This reviewer did note some factual errors that should have been caught in the writing or editorial process (e.g., the claim that there are ten US Courts of Appeal or that the Chief Justice of the US decides who will write majority and dissenting opinions). ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduates. M. W. Bowers University of Nevada, Las Vegas