Major Acts of Congress, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Brian K. Landsberg
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  • ISBN-10: 0028659090
  • ISBN-13: 9780028659091
  • DDC: 348.7303
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1178 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2004 | Published/Released December 2003
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2004

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In 262 entries, this 3-vol. set examines landmark pieces of legislation, explaining the historical factors that led to the proposal of each act, looking at the adoption process and assessing each act's impact on American life. All aspects of legislation are covered, including the National Prohibition Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Freedom of Information Act and much more.

A detailed introductory essay concentrates on Congress itself, reviewing its organization and procedures. A great addition to collections in need of resources on government, civics, citizenship, history and the law.

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  • Brian K. Landsberg

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    ISBN-10: 0028657497 | ISBN-13: 9780028657493


"Intended for a broad, general readership, high school level and above. Selections were made based on such criteria as historical significance, contemporary impact, and potential contribution to the understanding of American government."--Reference & Research Book News (Febraury 2004)

— Reference & Research Book News

"The writing is generally informative and interesting and is suitable for a general, as opposed to a strictly legal, reference work. In fact, the editor's goal was to provide a reference work usable by student, professional, and layman. The book succeeds in this manner...Patrons may find that it sufficiently answers their query, or they may find that it will propel them into further research as needed. Sidebars on related information as well as key term definitions make the essays more accessible and understandable...these faults aside, however, this work is helpful, informative, and a worthwhile reference work, and would be a smart purchase for public and academic libraries."--Reference Quarterly (August 2004)

— Reference Quarterly

"Written in a clear and accessible style, with sidebars, illustrations, and definitions of terms, Major Acts of Congress contains signed articles summarizing and analyzing 262 statutes selected on the basis of their historical significance, contemporary impact, and contribution to an understanding of American government." --Booklist, May 2005

— Booklist

"Major Acts of Congress, pitched to both students and general readers, is therefore a welcome addition to larger collections whose readers require fuller background on major legislation. Summing Up: Recommended."-- Choice (May 2004)

— Choice

"An essential resource for students looking for summaries of significant U.S. legislation. Landsberg offers historical overviews of the importance and impact of 262 major congressional acts from 1789 to 2002. The signed, alphabetically arranged entries range from one to five pages in length and conclude with bibliographies and occasional Internet resources. Selected articles contain sidebars of helpful information; excerpts from the act; and/or a black-and-white photo, reproduction, or political cartoon. The wide margins contain definitions of terms. Citations to the Public Law number and to the United Statutes at Large are provided for students needing to locate the text of a law. A topical outline allows users to locate the acts by broad subjects such as civil rights, the environment, education, slavery, and social programs and welfare. The appendixes contain the U.S. Constitution, a glossary, a set index, and the court cases interpreting the law. A lengthy time line lists the years the acts were passed, the president who signed the law, a breakdown of how the Congressional parties voted, and events and policies of that year."--School Library Journal (August 2004)

— School Library Journal