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Reconstructing Reality: Conspiracy Theories about Jonestown

Rebecca Moore

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195156829
eISBN:
9780199784806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515682X.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This essay examines the conspiracy theories that have emerged to explain the mass murder-suicides of People’s Temple members in Jonestown, Guyana, in November 1978. These theories fall into three ... More


Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid: The Jonestown Tragedy, the Press, and the New American Sensibility

Judy Kutulas

in After Aquarius Dawned: How the Revolutions of the Sixties Became the Popular Culture of the Seventies

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632919
eISBN:
9781469632933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632919.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In November of 1978 more than 900 Americans died in Jonestown, all followers of Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple movement. Journalists themselves changed by the 1960s attempted to help Americans make sense ... More


The Controversies about Peoples Temple and Jonestown

Rebecca Moore

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199315314
eISBN:
9780190258245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199315314.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Of the many issues and questions that emerge from the study of Peoples Temple, several appear again and again: What was the level of violence in the organization? Was Jonestown a concentration camp? ... More


Narratives of Persecution, Suffering, and Martyrdom: Violence in Peoples Temple and Jonestown

Rebecca Moore

in Violence and New Religious Movements

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199735631
eISBN:
9780199894512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735631.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Among other things, the Jonestown murder-suicide tragedy established a point of reference for all subsequent discussions of violence and NRMs. The chapter begins by presenting a brief history of ... More


Controversial New Religions

James R. Lewis and Jesper Aa. Petersen (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199315314
eISBN:
9780190258245
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199315314.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

In terms of public opinion, new religious movements are considered controversial for a variety of reasons. Their social organization often runs counter to popular expectations by experimenting with ... More


Finding a Voice

Andrew E. Stoner

in The Journalist of Castro Street: The Life of Randy Shilts

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042485
eISBN:
9780252051326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042485.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

Shilts’s journalistic “voice” begins to emerge. Shilts’s clash with David Goodstein comes to a head, with Shilts fired from The Advocate but later hired by KQED as a contributor to the “Newsroom” TV ... More


The Life and Times

Andrew E. Stoner

in The Journalist of Castro Street: The Life of Randy Shilts

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042485
eISBN:
9780252051326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042485.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

Shilts struggles to overcome obstacles from being an openly gay reporter as his job at KQED officially comes to an end. Jobless again with no prospects in view, Shilts falls into a hole of drinking ... More


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