The United States Constitution: Questions and Answers

2d ed. ABC-CLIO. 2013. 308p. ISBN 9781610695718. $68; ebk. ISBN 9781610695725. REF
Tennessee didn't ratify the 15th Amendment preventing the abridgment of voting rights until 1997—127 years after the amendment became law. The limit on presidential terms was ratified in 1951 after Franklin Roosevelt was elected to an unprecedented four terms in office. These facts plus many more make up this well-researched book that answers most of the questions readers may have regarding the history and application of, and controversies surrounding, the U.S. Constitution. The questions posed by constitutional scholar Vile (political science, Middle Tennessee State Univ.; A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments) in this extensively revised and updated second edition vary from the simple, such as "What is a quorum?" to more complex subjects such as "In what way has the scope of the Bill of Rights expanded in modern times?" Solid bibliographies closing each chapter will lead the curious reader to additional resources, and appended copies of the referenced documents will allow researchers to compare the whole text of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of the Confederation to the information provided in the answers. Additional appendixes include lists of the Speakers of the House of Representatives, U.S. Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, and one relating to states that includes date of admission to the Union and the number of members in the House of Representatives. The index is of great use if searching for specific data.
VERDICT Perfect for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of Constitutional history.
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