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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 acts 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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Grade 9 Up–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.–Madeleine G. Wright, New Hampton School, NH
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Book Description Macmillan Reference USA, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110028657497
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Book Description Cengage Gale, United States, 2003. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. "A selection of 262 significant laws, beginning with the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and concluding with the Department of Homeland Security Act of 2002, these congressional acts are explained in detail and with historical context. The entries are well written and accessible to students and the general public. Contributors include legal scholars, practicing attorneys, economists, and political scientists. Same-page definitions of terms, sidebars and illustrations illuminating historical events, a glossary, and a timeline enhance this useful ready-reference work."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005. Seller Inventory # BTE9780028657493