Gone from the Promised Land: Jonestown in American Cultural History (Second Edition) / Edition 2

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Overview

If we are to learn anything of value from the murders and mass suicide at Jonestown. Its history must be salvaged from popular myths, which are little more than superficial atrocity tales. In this cultural history, John R. Hall presents a reasoned analysis of the meaning of Jonestown: why it happened and how it is tied to our history as a nation, our ideals, our practices, and the tensions of modern culture, Hall deflates the myths of Jonestown by exploring the social character of Jim Jones's Peoples Temple - how much of what transpired was unique to the group and its leader and how much can be explained by reference to wider social processes?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887388019
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1987
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the cultural puzzle of Jonestown
1 Jim Jones 3
2 The preacher 15
3 The prophet 29
4 The temple 40
5 The ark 57
6 The corporate conglomerate 77
7 The collectivist reformation 106
8 Politics and public relations 140
9 From the promised land to the promised land 175
10 The concerned relatives, the "concentration camp," and the "conspiracy" 210
11 The apocalypse at Jonestown 254
12 After Jonestown 289
App A comment on methodology 313
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