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Vile, John R.

Overview
Works: 91 works in 391 publications in 1 language and 26,457 library holdings
Genres: Encyclopedias  Reference works  Digests  History  Biography  Miscellanea  Constitutions  Law digests  Popular works  Trivia and miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor, wpr
Classifications: KF4550, 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 )

42 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and held by 3,779 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
Essential Supreme Court decisions : summaries of leading cases in U.S. constitutional law by John R Vile( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in English and held by 1,890 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 17th edition has been updated with 20 new cases, including landmark decisions on such topics as campaign finance, Obamacare, gay marriage, and the First Amendment
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 1,819 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 of Congress (including more than 50 proposals to rewrite the Constitution) are addressed, in addition to pivotal Supreme Court decisions that serve to underscore and reflect the continual interplay between amendments and this highest body in the judicial branch. Essential amending issues that remain unresolved, ranging from abortion to term limits, and critical elections are among the entries rounding out this work. Each entry employs a consistent format that describes the topic, explains its significance, and highlights the key players involved. Entries have been extensively cross-referenced to enable general readers, students, and advanced researchers alike to access information quickly
Encyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and amending issues, 1789-2010 by John R Vile( )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,760 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
Encyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and amending issues, 1789-2002 by John R Vile( )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new, thoroughly revised edition of the only major reference source on constitutional amendments and the amendment process
The Constitutional Convention of 1787 : a comprehensive encyclopedia of America's founding by John R Vile( )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 1,151 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
The United States Constitution : questions and answers by John R Vile( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,143 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-an invaluable tool for readers regardless of their political orientation
Great American lawyers : an encyclopedia by John R Vile( )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,135 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, political scientists, historians, and other scholars from throughout the nation. These experts describe the strengths and follies of America's most hated and loved lawyers and the cases that made them great; full essays on 100 lawyers, including John Adams, F. Lee Bailey, Johnnie Cochrane, Earl Rogers, Kenneth Starr and George Wythe; several appendices and other added features, including entries on famous law partners; a substantial introduction providing context to the essays and laying out the editor's selection criteria; substantial bibliography and further readings, including Internet citations; and shorter essays on other well-known attorneys, including John Grisham, Barry Scheck and Leslie Abramson
The encyclopedia of civil liberties in America( )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 1,129 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
The writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution : practical virtue in action by John R Vile( )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,114 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( )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,060 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. [Includes:] 100 main A-Z entries and 50 shorter entries on lesser-known, but influential figures; contributions from historians, lawyers, political scientists, and other top scholars from across the nation; a photograph or other depiction of each featured judge; detailed charts of birth dates, education, and years of service of key figures; and a foreword by historian Kermit L. Hall
Encyclopedia of the First Amendment( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 850 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
Conventional wisdom : the alternate Article V mechanism for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution by John R Vile( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 819 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."--Quatrième de couverture
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( )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William Pierce, Jr. (1753-1789) was one of 4 delegates from GA who attended the Federal Convention in 1787. He was born in York County, VA, served in the Revolutionary War, and then settled in GA where he was elected to a number of posts, including the Convention. While at the Convention or shortly thereafter, Pierce compiled a set of character sketches of fifty-three of the fifty-five delegates. Although widely quoted and cited, the sketches have never been analyzed or annotated in any detail. Vile's interest in the sketches is two-fold: Vile seeks to examine the little-known life of William Pierce through Pierce's own writings; and seeks to gain insight into the workings of the Convention and the character and roles of various delegates. Vile's printing of the sketches in full with ample annotations and use of secondary materials constitutes a valuable reference work to bring context and add amplification to Pierce's work"--
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 522 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
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 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Re-framers : 170 eccentric, visionary, and patriotic proposals to rewrite the U.S. Constitution by John R Vile( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Re-Framers: 170 Eccentric, Visionary, and Patriotic Proposals to Rewrite the U.S. Constitution sets the stage for this review by describing various prequels to the U.S. Constitution and explaining how the final document emerged at the Constitutional Convention. The subsequent chapters examine many proposed alternatives and revisions to the Constitution from its establishment until the present, illuminating perceived strengths and weaknesses of the current document as well as the pros and cons of possible amendments. Readers ranging from lay citizens who are interested in constitutional issues to historians, political scientists, law professors, and reference librarians will all benefit from this unparalleled examination of proposed constitutional amendment
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 412 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 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemporary questions surrounding the constitutional amending process by John R Vile( Book )

6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Encyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and amending issues, 1789-1995
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Essential Supreme Court decisions : summaries of leading cases in U.S. constitutional lawEncyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and amending issues, 1789-1995Encyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and amending issues, 1789-2010Encyclopedia of constitutional amendments, proposed amendments, and amending issues, 1789-2002The Constitutional Convention of 1787 : a comprehensive encyclopedia of America's foundingThe United States Constitution : questions and answersGreat American lawyers : an encyclopediaThe encyclopedia of civil liberties in America
Alternative Names
Vile, John 1951-

Vile, John Ralph

Vile, John Ralph 1951-

Languages
English (212)