Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
Carolyn R. Dupont
Ronald K. Huch
This thesis examines the influence of American culture on Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. While most scholarship applies a religious, sociological, or psychological approach to understating the Jonestown tragedy, this paper endeavors to understand the man, his church, and the event through the lenses of American cultural history. Specifically, this analysis looks at the influence of Pentecostalism, egalitarianism, and socialism as well as cultural events such as the civil rights movement on the Reverend Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple church. Using FBI documents gathered during the investigation into the murder of the congressman Leo Ryan at Jonestown, audio recordings of Jim Jones' sermons and speeches, and secondary works relating to the Peoples Temple and broader themes in American cultural history, this thesis provides an in depth historical analysis of Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple.
Copyright 2018 Alexandria Ryan Sowers
Sowers, Alexandria Ryan, "Revolution Through Revelation: Jim Jones And The Peoples Temple In American Cultural History" (2018). Online Theses and Dissertations. 492.