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Vile, John R.

Overview
Works: 95 works in 341 publications in 1 language and 24,074 library holdings
Genres: Reference works  Encyclopedias  Digests  History  Miscellanea  Biography  Popular works  Constitutions  Sources  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: KF4557, 342.7303
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Most widely held works by John R Vile
A companion to the United States Constitution and its amendments by John R Vile( Book )

39 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revisits key events leading to the Constitution's ratification, then goes article by article, amendment by amendment, to describe each section of the document, as well as the important court cases that add to its meaning. This edition, the first in five years, reflects a number of significant developments including: new Supreme Court justices, impactful cases involving First Amendment rights for students, religious displays on government property, gun control in D.C., presidential powers in the context of the war on terror, corporate fraud liability, gay rights, and the recent presidential election
Encyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and amending issues, 1789-1995 by John R Vile( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789-1995 focuses on describing the 27 amendments that have been proposed and ratified and the hundreds of other topics that have been proposed as subjects of amendments. Over 400 alphabetically arranged entries explore everything from affirmative action, balancing the budget, and the Contract with America to victims' rights and world government. Constitutional reforms introduced outside
Essential Supreme Court decisions : summaries of leading cases in U.S. constitutional law by John R Vile( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The only reference guide to Supreme Court cases organized both topically and chronologically within chapters so that readers understand how cases fit into a historical context, the fifteenth edition has been extensively revised to ensure that it remains the most up-to-date resource available. An essential resource for students, lawyers, and everyone interested in our nation's Constitution and the Supreme Court decisions that explicate it. This book features: clear concise summaries of the most frequently cited cases since the establishment of the U.S. Supreme Court; summaries that give the question at issue, the decision and the reason behind it, votes of the justices, pertinent corollary cases, and notes offering further information on the subject; detailed explanation of the organization and functions of the Supreme Court; a complete text of the Constitution of the United States; glossary of legal terms; alphabetical list of cases briefed; chronological list of cases by chief justices, and listings of the chief justices and associate justices, the dates of their service, the president who appointed them, their state of origin, and their birth and death dates
The United States Constitution : questions and answers by John R Vile( Book )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An up-to-date, all-encompassing, and nonpartisan presentation of questions and answers about the U.S. Constitution and its amendments.--Publisher information
Encyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and amending issues, 1789-2002 by John R Vile( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A revised edition of the major reference source on constitutional amendments and the amendment process, this volume provides background social historical material on successful and unsuccessful amendments and an overview of the thousands of failed amendments
Encyclopedia of the First Amendment( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The encyclopedia of civil liberties in America( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the country implements new measures to safeguard the homeland, public awareness of civil liberties and individual rights in America is greater today than at any time since the 1950s. At this critical time, when individual freedoms are being weighed against the need for increased security, this comprehensive 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
Encyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and amending issues, 1789-2010 by John R Vile( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: With over 500 alphabetically organized entries, the Encyclopedia tells the whole story of constitutional amendments: the rigorous ratification process, the significance of the 27 amendments that made it into the Constitution, and the notable and sometimes preposterous topics of the thousands that did not. The third edition offers a new preface, updated research throughout, and over 75 new entries, including discussions of amendments currently under consideration, such as proposals to ban burning the U.S. flag, legalize school prayer, and compel the federal government to balance the budget
Constitutional change in the United States : a comparative study of the role of constitutional amendments, judicial interpretations, and legislative and executive actions by John R Vile( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rewriting the United States Constitution : an examination of proposals from Reconstruction to the present by John R Vile( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Constitutional amending process in American political thought by John R Vile( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Constitutional Convention of 1787 : a comprehensive encyclopedia of America's founding by John R Vile( Book )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains over 350 alphabetized entries on the Constitutional Convention, nearly forty sidebars, and several reference tools, including twenty documents from before, during, and after the Convention; chronologies; a committee diagram; a general selected bibliography and one for teachers and students; and a list of Web sites
Contemporary questions surrounding the constitutional amending process by John R Vile( Book )

6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution : practical virtue in action by John R Vile( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author John R. Vile (political science, Middle Tennessee University, US) is an experienced teacher of constitutional law and the author of several books on the US Constitution. In this book, he demystifies the Constitution by taking readers step by step through the events in which the document was written and ratified. The book makes extensive use of primary source quotes, and contains a detailed index as well as a section of important primary documents (the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the text of the Constitution). It begins with a large-scale timeline starting with the Magna Carta which helps situate the Constitution in a historical context, and a daily timeline of events from May 3d to September 17th, 1787. The book will be useful to adult readers who want to understand the Constitution, and for experienced readers on early US history seeking to know more. Vile's knowledge is extensive, and his choice to cover the Constitutional Convention as a historian/journalist avoids contemporary partisian politics while giving readers insight into core issues behind the framing of the document. Though the book is mainly concerned with recounting the details of events as they happen, the author is guided by the belief that the major framers held an Aristotelian view of the process; they valued phronesis, practical wisdom, and arete, virtue defined as choosing a middle road between the available extremes. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Great American judges : an encyclopedia by John R Vile( Book )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspiring and instructive biographies of the 100 most influential judges from state and federal courts in one easy-to-access volume
The men who made the Constitution : lives of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention by John R Vile( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few events in the history of the United States were of greater consequence than the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Although most histories have focused on the issues and compromises that dominated the debates, the exchanges were also shaped by the dynamic personalities of the fifty-five delegates who attended from twelve of the thirteen states. In The Men Who Made the Constitution, constitutional scholar John R. Vile explores the lives and contributions of all delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, including those who left before the Convention ended and those who stayed until the last day but refused to sign. Each biography records the delegate's birth, education, previous positions or public service roles, homes, family life, life after the Convention, death, and resting place. Drawing directly from Convention debates and a vast array of secondary sources, Vile covers the positions of each delegate at the Convention on both major and minor issues and describes his service on committees and afterward at state ratification conventions. The Men Who Made the Constitution includes a bibliography of key sources, engravings of delegates for whom portraits were created, a quiz on key facts, and a transcript of the Constitution of the United States. This work is the perfect reference for students and scholars, as well as professional and amateur historians, of colonial and early American history, constitutional law, and American jurisprudence. -- Back cover
Conventional wisdom : the alternate Article V mechanism for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution by John R Vile( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Article V of the Constitution allows two-thirds majorities of both houses of Congress to propose amendments to the document and a three-fourths majority of the states to ratify them. Scholars and frustrated advocates of constitutional change have often criticized this process for being too difficult. Despite this, state legislatures have yet to use the other primary method that Article V outlines for proposing amendments: it permits two-thirds of the state legislatures to petition Congress to call a convention to propose amendments that, like those proposed by Congress, must be ratified by three-fourths of the states. In this book, John R. Vile surveys more than two centuries of scholarship on Article V and concludes that the weight of the evidence (including a much-overlooked Federalist essay) indicates that states and Congress have the legal right to limit the scope of such conventions to a single subject and that political considerations would make a runaway convention unlikely. Charting a prudent course between those who fail to differentiate revolutionary change from constitutional change, those who fear ever using the Article V convention mechanism that the Framers clearly envisioned, and those who would vest total control of the convention in Congress, the states, or the convention itself, Vile's work will enhance modern debates on the subject."--Back cover
The wisest council in the world : restoring the character sketches by William Pierce of Georgia of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 by John R Vile( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Of all the written portraits of the delegates who attended the Federal Convention of 1787, few are as complete and compelling as those penned by William Pierce Jr. (1753-1789), one of four delegates from Georgia. While at the convention or shortly thereafter, Pierce produced character sketches of fifty-three of the fifty-five delegates. Although widely quoted and cited, the sketches--until now--have never been analyzed or annotated in detail. John R. Vile's study offers new insights into the workings of the convention and the character and roles of its delegates, as well as into Pierce's little-known life, which included time as an artist. Vile reveals, for example, that the time prior to the establishment of national parties when the framers could have successfully met together in convention may have been a relatively narrow historical window. Following overviews of events leading to the 1787 convention and of Pierce and his immediate family, several chapters deal specifically with the character sketches. They cover Pierce's arrangement of the sketches and their subjects, his evaluations of the delegates' personal qualities and reputations, his assessments of their rhetorical abilities, and his descriptions of their public service, occupations, and miscellaneous matters. Two concluding chapters add further context. One examines a set of somewhat overlapping sketches that Louis-Guillaume Otto, the French minister to the United States, penned about members of Congress in 1788. The other looks at writings by Pierce's son and namesake that also include assessments of various Founding Fathers. Gathering Pierce's sketches in full, with ample annotations and secondary materials, this is a valuable reference on Pierce's life, work, and times"--
Great American lawyers : an encyclopedia( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From their drafting of the Declaration of Independence to their current prominent role in U.S. politics, lawyers have always been preeminent in American national life. Although novelists and screenwriters remain fascinated with the roles that lawyers play in courtroom drama, the lives of those who practice as members of the bar are more fascinating than any fiction. This massive reference examines the lives and cases of 100 notable American lawyers who have distinguished themselves in the courtroom from colonial times to the present. Features include: contributions from more than 50 lawyers, po
 
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Encyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and amending issues, 1789-1995
Alternative Names
Vile, John 1951-

Vile, John Ralph

Vile, John Ralph 1951-

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Encyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and amending issues, 1789-1995Essential Supreme Court decisions : summaries of leading cases in U.S. constitutional lawThe United States Constitution : questions and answersEncyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and amending issues, 1789-2002Encyclopedia of the First AmendmentThe encyclopedia of civil liberties in AmericaEncyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and amending issues, 1789-2010Constitutional change in the United States : a comparative study of the role of constitutional amendments, judicial interpretations, and legislative and executive actions