No Duty to Retreat
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No Duty to Retreat : Violence and Values in American History and Society

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No Duty to Retreat takes as its starting-point the increased popularity in American society of the old English common-law concept that a person under physical attack has the right to stand his ground, defend himself, and even kill his assailant in self-defence in certain circumstances. This doctrine came to public awareness recently when Berhard Goetz took the law into his own hands when assaulted by four youths in a New York City subway train. There is a chapter on the American as gunfighter, another on a famous vigilante case in California in the 1870s, when farmers retaliated against the Southern Pacific Railroad trying to move them off their lands , and a long chapter discussing 'crime, law, and society in America since 1930', in which Brown shows that the crime surge since the 1950s has occurred with the emergence of the Post-Industrial Society, which has left many people alienated and looking for quick solutions.show more

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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 148.6 x 218.2 x 23.4mm | 487.7g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195045106
  • 9780195045109
  • 2,039,290

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Not only is it an authoritative and engrossing examination of violence on the American frontier and in American society at large, but in American jurisprudence as well.show more

About Richard Maxwell Brown

Author of Strain of Violence (OUP/USA 1975)show more

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