Gale Encyclopedia of American Law, 4th Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0028677595
  • ISBN-13: 9780028677590
  • DDC: 349.7303
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 8000 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2022 | Available December 2021
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2022

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Within the Gale Encyclopedia of American Law, researchers will find diverse content covering the gamut of law topics, including current information on 5,500 legal topics across 14 volumes. The all-new fourth edition includes more than 500 brand-new entries and 2,000 revised articles. Biographies of interesting and influential people who have played a part in creating or shaping U.S. law, along with a portrait, a timeline and a quote from the biographer. Increased coverage of women and minorities. Definitions of legal terms. "In Focus" pieces that provide additional facts and details on important issues. Photographs and other visual aids further enhance the text. Full text of many documents and legal forms. Cross-referencing within articles to related entries and extensive indexing and much more.

The title fully illuminates today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, important documents and much more. Legal issues are fully discussed in easy-to-understand language, including such high-profile topics as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, physician-assisted suicide, and thousands more.

Features and Benefits

  • 5,500+ A-Z articles plus almost 200 sidebars and “In Focus” essays (over 2,000 entries have been updated from the third edition and 500 new entries have been added).
  • Entries contain definition and explanatory text.
  • Entries range from brief definitions to over 7,000-word essays.
  • Biographies of all past and present U.S. presidents, Supreme Court Justices, and Attorneys General, as well as persons significant to the subject of American Law.
  • Complete coverage of legal terms, concepts, movements, organizations and cases, such as Amber Alert, gun control, immigration, Iraq War, murder, NAACP, National Labor Relations Board, privacy, religion, torture, zoning.
  • Sidebars and “In Focus” essays complementing main entries on interesting, important or controversial issues, including affirmative action, assisted suicide, eminent domain, habeas corpus, slavery, social security, and welfare.
  • Nearly 200 sidebar and “In Focus” articles accompany related entries. Sidebars provide brief highlights and add informative details of some facets of main entries; “In Focus” pieces complement main entries on interesting, important, or controversial issues.
  • Three appendix volumes contain more than 100 primary documents, including: milestone Supreme Court decisions & briefs; foundations of U.S. law; civil rights laws and commentary; presidential speeches; and scholarly essays. Topics include the Gettysburg Address, Barack Obama’s inaugural address, Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Roe v. Wade, Board of Education v. Brown, and Kelo v. New London.
  • Ready reference features combined with comprehensive coverage of topic.
  • U.S. law is made accessible and put in context.
  • One-stop location for myriad concepts.
  • 100+ primary documents, including commentary and study questions.
  • Arguments, decisions, and opinions of ten landmark Supreme Court cases provided in Milestones in the Law.
  • 650+ tables, charts, & illustrations.
  • 900 photographs.
  • General Index.
  • A Dictionary of Legal Terms provides layperson definitions for legal terminology.

What's New

  • More than 500 brand-new entries and 2,000 revised articles.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0028677277 | ISBN-13: 9780028677279

Table of Contents

All U.S. presidents.
All U.S. Supreme Court Justices (past and present).
U.S. Attorneys General.
Lizzie Borden.
César Chávez.
Clarence Darrow.
Dorothea Dix.
Martin Luther King.
Sojourner Truth.
Patricia Wald.
Main Entries.
All 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Amber Alert.
Capital Punishment.
Clean Air Act.
Disabled Persons.
Employment Law.
Freedom of Speech.
Gun Control.
Insider Trading.
Native American Rights.
Patent Troll.
Religion: Establishment Clause.
Primary Docs.
Magna Charta.
Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc.
Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address".
National Organization for Women Statement of Purpose.
Civil Rights Act of 1964.
"The Path of the Law" by Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Barack H. Obama Inaugural Address.
What Causes AIDS and What Does Not? (AIDS).
Objections (evidence).
Ruben “Hurricane” Carter (habeas corpus).
Internet Sources for Federal Legislative History.
Self Defense or Unjustified Shooting? (self-defense).
Health Care Reform.
Who's Suing Whom? Terms and Abbreviations.
In Focus Essays.
How Much Affirmative Action Is Enough Affirmative Action?
Welcome to the Monkey House: The Battle over Animal Research.
The Surgeon General and a Smoke-Free Future.
The Future of Social Security.
A Brief History of Welfare Reform.
Scamming the Elderly.
Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide.
A Ponzi Epidemic.
Roe v. Wade (abortion).
Miranda v. Arizona ("You have the right to remain silent" etc.).
Dred Scott v. Sandford (allowed slavery to continue).
Bush v. Gore (finalized Election 2000 recounts).
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (ruled segregation by race in public education unconstitutional).
Marbury v. Madison (US SupCt is final arbiter of constitutionality).
Kelo v. City of New London (eminent domain).
District of Columbia v. Heller (gun control).
Center for Constitutional Rights.
Democratic Party.
Judicial Conference of the United States.
National Labor Relations Board.
National Rifle Association.
Cuban Missile Crisis.
Iraq War.
Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping.
Louisiana Purchase.
September 11th Attacks.
Temperance Movement.
Vietnam War.