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Richard Maxwell Brown passed away in 2015. He was the author of No Duty to Retreat: Violence and Values in American History and Society, and Strain of Violence: Historical Studies of American Violence and Vigilantism.
One of the most significant but little noted transitions from English to American society was in the Common Law of homicide and self-defense. As far back as the 13th century, English Common Law dealt harshly with the act of homicide.
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