Christopher B. Strain

in Burning Faith

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032399
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038919 | DOI:

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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

Chapter.  6663 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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