Rewriting the United States Constitution: An Examination of Proposals from Reconstruction to the Present


In this unique historical work, Vile analyzes over forty proposals to rewrite the U.S. Constitution. In each case he examines the substance of the proposal, the author's goals and methods as well as response to the proposal and its overall influence. He concludes that the Constitution in its current form faces no immediate threats, but that it is important to understand alternative forms of government and the basis for their support. When constitutional change ultimately does come, earlier criticisms and suggestions may help to set the agenda.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1991


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