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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813032399
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Southern Dissent Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher B. Strain, an associate professor of history at Florida Atlantic University, is the author of Pure Fire: Self-Defense as Activism in the Civil Rights Era.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1 fire 1

2 fear 25

3 faith 43

4 doubt 59

5 law 76

6 strength 99

7 hope 125

Epilogue 145

Notes 159

Selected Bibliography 177

Index 181

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