Spanning three volumes, this comprehensive encyclopedia covers the full range of civil rights and liberties in America from the antecedents of the Bill of Rights to the most recent controversies over political and social issues, including abortion, free speech, religious liberty, voting rights, and the guarantees of equality. It also addresses the civil rights and liberties issues stemming from America's ongoing "war on terror." Detailed entries include key concepts, historical events and developments, major trials and appellate court decisions, landmark legislation, legal doctrines, important personalities, and key organisations and agencies. Entries have an objective tone, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Designed as an up-to-date reference source for students and scholars, the encyclopedia will help broaden and heighten understanding and appreciation for the wide range of issues associated with civil rights and liberties in the United States, and is the most sophisticated treatment available. The volumes consist of original entries, arranged alphabetically, on many current issues as well as in-depth coverage of the rights Americans have enjoyed. Written by experts in the field, including attorneys, judges, and legal scholars, the encyclopedia provides important information on the background and development of an issue or event. The set concludes with over three dozen essential primary documents, including landmark statutes, key court decisions, and influential essays.