Vanderbilt Law Review


Dennis R. Nolan

First Page



The preceding pages should indicate that Southern Violence is a disappointment to those of us whose expectations had been raised by Professor Brown's earlier works and to those who are interested in his stated topic. It is a thoroughly unfocused, loose collection of facts and incidents that will interest only those with a curiosity about Alabama's Chief Justice Stone or the Texas law of self-defense. The paper does contain several seeds of thought that might,if given adequate attention, grow into testable hypotheses. Those hypotheses will be hard to evaluate, but they are of immense importance because they concern the fundamental relationship be-tween formal law and human action. I hope that Professor Brown nurtures those seeds, and I trust that if he does, his harvest will be up to the high standards he set in years past.