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The martyrs of Columbine : faith and the politics of tragedy

Author: Justin Watson
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 fellow students and one teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Two of the victims of the Columbine massacre, Cassie Bernall and Rachel Scott, reportedly were asked by the gunmen if they believed in God. Both supposedly answered "Yes" and were killed." "Within days of their deaths, Cassie and Rachel were being hailed as modern-day martyrs  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Rachel Scott; Cassie Bernall; Cassie Bernall; Rachel Scott
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Justin Watson
ISBN: 0312239572 9780312239572
OCLC Number: 48796350
Description: xii, 212 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: "It Pierced the Soul of America" --
1. Martyrdom: "The Blood of the Christians Is the Seed" --
2. Cassie Bernall: "Feeding the World with One Word" --
3. Rachel Scott: "Starting a Chain Reaction" --
4. The Politics of Tragedy: "I Will Heal Their Land" --
5. Defenders and Debunkers: "What Really Happened?" --
6. Conclusions: "Print the Legend"
Responsibility: Justin Watson.
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During the Columbine massacre, Cassie Bernall and Rachel Scott, reportedly were asked by the gunmen if they believed in God. Both supposedly answered "yes" and were killed. This volume investigates  Read more...

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'...meticulous research...' - Union -Tribune, San Diego 'Author Justin Watson sifts through the cinders carefully [and] concludes that evangelicals over-reached...' - San Diego Union-Tribune 'The Read more...

 
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