Author(s)

Emily E. Lorente

Graduation Year

2011

Date of Thesis Acceptance

Fall 5-11-2011

Major Department or Program

Religion

Advisor(s)

Melissa Wilcox

Abstract

This thesis explores Jim Jones and Peoples Temple from an empathetic and balanced perspective. It seeks to compile and portray a complete picture of who Jim Jones was—to his followers, to his enemies, and to himself. It investigates Jim Jones in three ways: from the perspective of current scholarship, from the perspective of those who saw his public face, and from the perspective of those who experienced and were subjected his internal policies and weaknesses.

This essay does not attempt to blame or condemn any single actor in the events leading up to the tragedy in Jonestown, but instead serves to fairly portray an incredibly complex and often misunderstood aspect of American history.

Page Count

75

Subject Headings

Jim Jones (1931-1978), Peoples Temple, Whitman College 2011 -- Dissertation collection -- Religion Department

Permanent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10349/1024

Document Type

Public Accessible Thesis

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