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Burning FaithChurch Arson in the American South$
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Christopher B. Strain

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032399

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032399.001.0001

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Burning Faith

Christopher B. Strain

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the terror caused by these crimes and the history of such arsons in the American South. The fires recalled darker days in American history, harkening back to the days of Jim Crow segregation, when white southerners perfected the finer points of racial terror in keeping black folks “in their place” and hooded Klansmen destroyed property and lives at will. Like similar attacks in the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s, the fires of the 1990s created terror, as intended.

Keywords:   church arsons, church fires, American South, Jim Crow segregation, racial terror, African American churches, church burnings

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