The man in Mr. Jones : exorcising misunderstandings of Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

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    Creator (cre): Lorente, Emily E.
    Advisor (adv): Wilcox, Melissa
    Date
    May 11, 2011
    Graduation Year
    2011
    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.

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