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Malcolm discusses the diverging English and American views of the ancient English right on which the 2nd Amendment is based--the right of self-defense. This legal right has been preserved in the United States but has largely been abolished in the United Kingdom. Malcolm's stories of the practical effects in England of this change fascinated her audience. Would you believe a homeowner jailed for holding a toy gun on burglars?
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This program comprises the first 2/3 of Malcolm's lecture. The final third is included in NWN #90 = program # 37473 in this archive.
Malcolm's latest book of history, "Peter's War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution" (Yale University Press, 2009), has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. For more information, see her Web site (above).
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