Burning Faith: Church Arson in the American South / Edition 1

Burning Faith: Church Arson in the American South / Edition 1

by Christopher B. Strain
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813032393

ISBN-13: 9780813032399

Pub. Date: 06/01/2008

Publisher: University Press of Florida

In the 1990s, churches across the southeastern 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, Christopher Strain gives a chronological account of the series of church fires.

Overview

In the 1990s, churches across the southeastern 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, Christopher Strain gives a chronological account of the series of church fires. Burning Faith considers the various forces at work, including government responses, civil rights groups, religious forces, and media coverage, in providing a thorough, comprehensive analysis of the events and their fallout. Arguing that these church fires symbolize the breakdown of communal bonds in the nation, Strain appeals for the revitalization of united Americans and the return to a sense of community. Combining scholarly sophistication with popular readability, Strain has produced one of the first histories of the last decade and demonstrates that the increasing fragmentation of community in America runs deeper than race relations or prejudice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813032399
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Series:
Southern Dissent Series
Edition description:
First
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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