Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America

Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America

by Rebecca Moore
     
 

The Peoples Temple movement ended on November 18, 1978, when more than
900 men, women, and children died in a ritual of murder and suicide in their
utopianist community of Jonestown, Guyana. Only a handful lived to tell their story.
As is well known, Jim Jones, the leader of Peoples Temple, was white, but most of
his followers were black. Despite

Overview

The Peoples Temple movement ended on November 18, 1978, when more than
900 men, women, and children died in a ritual of murder and suicide in their
utopianist community of Jonestown, Guyana. Only a handful lived to tell their story.
As is well known, Jim Jones, the leader of Peoples Temple, was white, but most of
his followers were black. Despite that, little has been written about Peoples Temple
in the context of black religion in America. In 10 essays, writers from various
disciplines address this gap in the scholarship. Twenty-five years after the tragedy
at Jonestown, they assess the impact of the black religious experience on Peoples
Temple.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"…Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America is an insightful, provocative and useful assemblage of essays, a vital contribution to the literature in its own right. One hopes that, in addition, the book will have the happy effect of generating still more scholarship and—not least of all—making way for the voices of more survivors, especially African Americans, to find their way into print." —The North Star: A Journal of African American Religious History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253110831
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
03/11/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
936 KB

Meet the Author

Rebecca Moore, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at San Diego
State University, has published widely on Peoples Temple and Jonestown and maintains
a website on Peoples Temple. Anthony B. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of
Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, and is the author
of Varieties of African American Religious Experience. Mary R. Sawyer is Professor
of Religious Studies at Iowa State University, and the author of Black Ecumenism:
Implementing the Demands of Justice.

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