Hearing the Voices of Jonestown: Putting a Human Face on an American Tragedy / Edition 1

Hearing the Voices of Jonestown: Putting a Human Face on an American Tragedy / Edition 1

by Mary Maaga
     
 

Hearing the Voices of Jonestown restores the individual voices that have been erased so that we can better understand what was created - and destroyed - at Jonestown, and why. Piecing together information from interviews with former group members, archival research, and diaries and letters of those who died there, Mary McCormick Maaga describes the women leaders as… See more details below

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Hearing the Voices of Jonestown restores the individual voices that have been erased so that we can better understand what was created - and destroyed - at Jonestown, and why. Piecing together information from interviews with former group members, archival research, and diaries and letters of those who died there, Mary McCormick Maaga describes the women leaders as educated political activists who were passionately committed to achieving social justice through communal life. Maaga's book analyzes the historical and sociological factors which, she states, contributed to the mass suicide, such as growing criticism from the larger community and the influx of an upper class, educated leadership that eventually became more concerned with the symbolic effects of the organization than with the daily lives of its members.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815605157
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Series:
Religion and Politics
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,134,326
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.83(d)
Lexile:
1450L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Who Were the Members of Peoples Temple?1
2Deconstructing Jonestown14
3The Triple Erasure of Women in the Leadership of Peoples Temple32
4A Restoration of Women's Power in Peoples Temple55
5Three Groups in One74
6From Jones the Person to Jonestown the Community87
7Freedom and Loyalty, a Deadly Potion114
8Conclusion136
App. AJonestown Demographics145
App. BSuicide Tape Transcript147
App. CA Witness to Tragedy and Resurrection165
References169
Index175

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