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Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America

Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America by Rebecca Moore
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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.

Indiana University Press; March 2004
225 pages; ISBN 9780253110831
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Title: Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America
Author: Rebecca Moore; Anthony B. Pinn; Mary R. Sawyer