Bibliographic Details

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution / Leonard W. Levy, editor-in-chief ; Kenneth L. Karst, associate editor ; Dennis J. Mahoney, assistant editor.

Imprint New York : Macmillan ; London : Collier Macmillan, c1986.
Description 4 v. ; 29 cm.
Language English
Subject Constitutional law -- United States -- Encyclopedias.
Constitutional law.
United States.
Format E-Resource, Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Levy, Leonard W. (Leonard Williams), 1923-2006.
Karst, Kenneth L.
Mahoney, Dennis J.
ISBN 0029186102
Notes Includes bibliographies and indexes.
Also issued online.
Other form Online version: Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. New York : Macmillan ; London : Collier Macmillan, c1986
Online version: Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. New York : Macmillan ; London : Collier Macmillan, c1986
Review by Choice Review

Levy (Claremont Graduate School) and his large and inclusive staff of authors (historians, political scientists, legal scholars, and practitioners) have assembled a unique and valuable reference work in the Constitution's bicentennial year. The other standout reference work to appear in conjunction with the celebration, The Founders' Constitution (CH, Apr '87), is not an encyclopedia at all, but a well-organized anthology of documents on the thought that formed the general background and clause-by-clause content of the Constitution, In more than 2,000 articles alphabetically arranged, the Encyclopedia's experts range from brief biographies and definitions to indepth treatments of constitutional doctrines and historical periods, drawing upon two centuries of history, analysis, and legal interpretation, through the 19841985 Supreme Court term. The Encyclopedia's audience is apparently intended to be broad, and for the most part its informative and scholarly articles are clearly expressed and fully accessible to the general reader. It includes plentiful cross-references, lists of suggested supplemental reading, and three very useful indexes by name, case, and subject. The general reader may not be able to use the set quite so easily as the legal expert. A reader wanting to know more about ``the right of the people to keep and bear arms,'' for instance, will get no guidance from the subject index under ``arms,'' ``self-defence,'' or ``militia,'' but will have to look under ``gun-control'' or already know where in the Constitution the right appears in order to look for the article on ``Second Amendment.'' These small difficulties aside, however, the Encyclopedia is a first-rate reference work, useful for all levels from adept secondary students through faculty.-S.J. Steinberg, Yale University

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