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Burning Faith – Church Arson in the American South - Florida Scholarship Online
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Burning Faith: Church Arson in the American South

Christopher B. Strain


In the 1990s, churches across the south-eastern United States were targeted and set ablaze. These arsonists predominately targeted African American congregations and captured the attention of the media nationwide. Using oral histories, newspaper accounts, and governmental reports, this book gives a chronological account of the series of church fires. The book considers the various forces at work, including government responses, civil rights groups, religious forces, and media coverage, in providing an analysis of the events and their fallout. Arguing that these church fires symbolize the break ... More

Keywords: south-eastern United States, arsonists, African American congregations, church fires, community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813032399
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032399.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher B. Strain, author
Florida Atlantic University

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