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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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(p.59) 4 Doubt
Burning Faith

Christopher B. Strain

University Press of Florida

This chapter assesses the series of arsons as a racist conspiracy. A number of people claimed that the story of churches burning across the nation was not what it appeared to be. Some people saw in the fires a coordinated, conspiratorial effort by white supremacists to terrorize black churches. Others proclaimed that the spike in arsons did not represent a conspiracy, and some believed that the arsons were in fact a “hoax.”

Keywords:   church arsons, church fires, racist conspiracy, white supremacists, black churches, church burnings

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