The Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America

The Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America

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Driven by the growing reality of international terrorism, the threats to civil liberties and individual rights in America are greater today than at any time since the McCarthy era in the 1950s. At this critical time when individual freedoms are being weighed against the need for increased security, this exhaustive three-volume set provides the most detailed coverage of contemporary and historical issues relating to basic rights covered in the United States Constitution. The Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America examines the history and hotly contested debates surrounding the concept and practice of civil liberties. It provides detailed history of court cases, events, Constitutional amendments and rights, personalities, and themes that have had an impact on our freedoms in America. The Encyclopedia appraises the state of civil liberties in America today, and examines growing concerns over the limiting of personal freedoms for the common good. Complete with selected relevant documents and a chronology of civil liberties developments, and arranged in A-Z format with multiple indexes for quick reference, The Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America includes in-depth coverage of: freedom of speech, religion, press, and assembly, as outlined in the first amendment; protection against unreasonable search and seizure, as outlined in the fourth amendment; criminal due process rights, as outlined in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth amendments; property rights, economic liberties, and other rights found within the text of the United States Constitution; Supreme Court justices, presidents, and other personalities, focusing specifically on their contributions to or effect on civil liberties; concepts, themes, and events related to civil liberties, both practical and theoretical; court cases and their impact on civil liberties.

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Accessible and well-prepared, this three-volume reference is intended for high school students and above, and for general readers. Editors Schultz and Vile (their affiliations are not noted) designed this work to complement a previous reference published in 1998, The Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America (edited by David Bradley and Shelley Fisher Fishkin). While there is overlap, they've omitted some issues that are fully covered in the earlier reference; in general, they've distinguished "civil rights" from "civil liberties" by focusing on issues connected with the Bill of Rights rather than the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Entries are a page or two in length and include references and cross references; each volume includes the general index. Some 50-plus themes are identified in an initial "topic finder" listing, among them: academic freedom, aliens and citizenship issues, capital punishment, pornography, freedom of the press, privacy and reproductive rights, religion, and wartime and terrorism, to name but a few. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : Sharpe Reference, c2005
ISBN: 9780765680631
Characteristics: 3 v. (xl, 1141 p.) : ill. ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Civil liberties in America

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