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Cover Image: Encyclopedia of the First Amendment
  • Date: 09/26/2008
  • Format: Print Cloth
  • Price: $355.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-87289-311-5
  • Pages: 1464

  • Format: Online Edition
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Encyclopedia of the First Amendment
John Vile, Middle Tennessee State University
David Hudson, Jr., Vanderbilt University
David Schultz, Hamline University

From public aid to parochial schools to censorship of library books, Americans are intensely interested in their expressive rights of speech, press, assembly and religion.  They are also concerned about censorship, tolerance of pornography and obscenity, and about their security in a post 9-11 world.


In the first work of its kind, this new and exciting two-volume reference comprehensively examines all the freedoms in the First Amendment, including free speech, press, assembly, petition, and religion. Encyclopedia of the First Amendment covers the political, historical, and cultural significance of the First Amendment. It provides exclusive, singular focus on what most people consider the essential elements of the Bill of Rights and the basic liberties that Americans enjoy.


Arranged in traditional A to Z encyclopedia format, this work traces themes like expressive rights in American political and legal history, in American political thought and social movements, in political and popular culture, and in the arts, along with the classic tensions between freedom of the individual and maintenance of political order.


The set also features a chronology, seven introductory essays covering the core rights and liberties, a bibliography, and subject and case indexes. Additional tables of content give readers easy ways to find entries by topic or case.
"Highly recommended for academic, public, and law libraries." (Starred review) - Booklist

"Written in a scholarly yet lucid and accessible style, this resource is highly recommended for university libraries (especially those serving law and journalism programs), libraries within law firms and news organizations, and larger public libraries. Remarkable for its breadth and scope, it is one of the few, if not the only, resources dedicated to the First Amendment." (Starred review) - Library Journal

"This outstanding guide will prove an excellent addition to high school, public and academic libraries." - Lawrence Looks at Books

“This quality set… is suitable for the reference collections of law, academic, and large public libraries.” - American Reference Books Annual

“All there is to know about the First Amendment” - Choice
2008 Booklist Editor's Choice

2009 RUSA Outstanding Reference Source

Library Journal Best Reference 2008
"At such a time, this encyclopedia detailing and defining First Amendment rights could not be more valuable.... In a real sense [it] serves the public interest." - John Seigenthaler
John Vile, Middle Tennessee State University
John R. Vile is a professor of political science and dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University.  He is the author of numerous books including The Constitutional Convention of 1787: An Encyclopedia of America's Founding, The Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues: 1789- 2002 (2nd ed.), A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments (4th ed), and Presidential Winners & Losers: Words of Victory and Concession.  He is a member of the board of the American Mock Trial Association, a recipient of the Congressman Neal Smith award for contributions to law-related education, and a 2008 inductee into the American Mock Trial Coaches Hall of Fame.

David Hudson, Jr., Vanderbilt University
David L. Hudson Jr. is a First Amendment Scholar with the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.He teaches First Amendment classes at the Nashville School of Law and Vanderbilt Law School. At the Nashville School of Law, he also teaches Introduction to Law and Legal Writing, Advanced Legal Writing and Tennessee Constitutional Law. He also teaches an introductory law class at Middle Tennessee State University.He is a First Amendment contributing editor to the American Bar Association's Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases. He is the author or co-author of 20 books, including The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book (Visible Ink Press, 2008), The Rehnquist Court: Understanding Its Impact and Legacy (Praeger, 2006), The Silencing of Student Voices: Preserving Free Speech in America's Schools (First Amendment Center, 2003), and The Bill of Rights: The First Ten Amendments of the Constitution (Enslow, 2002). He has been quoted on First Amendment issues in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and USA TODAY.

David Schultz, Hamline University
David Schultz is a professor in the School of Business at Hamline University and a senior fellow and professor in the Institute of Law and Politics at the University Of Minnesota School of Law. He is the author of over 25 books and 70 plus articles, including The Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution (2008) and The Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court (2005). David is a past vice-president of both the Texas and Minnesota chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union.
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