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    The Jonestown Massacre

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    ordered to drink a cup full of red liquid, which contained “poisons” but really didn’t. After a while the members were told it was a loyalty test and that they had passed. (Editors). Temple members also, “Worked long days in the fields and were subjected to harsh punishments if they questioned Jones’ authority. Their passports were confiscated, their letters home censored and members were encouraged to inform on one another and forced to attend lengthy, late-night meetings.” (Staff). As Jones’s power exceeded the limits, a California congressman went to investigate Jonestown. (Editors). The control Jim Jones possessed over his faithful followers was deadly. When Leo J. Ryan the california congressman went to investigate the compound with a camera crew, the biggest mass suicide in American history was going to occur. Ryan gathered people who wanted to leave and proceeded to the airstrip where an ambush was set up by Jones. (Editors). During the ambush Jones launched his “Revolutionary Suicide”, he gave a speech while the suicide was taking place. “ I've tried my best to give you a good life. In spite of all I've tried, a handful of people, with their lies, have made our life impossible. If we can’t live in peace then let's die in peace.(Applause) . . . We have been so terribly betrayed . . .”. (Osherow). He tried to assure people that there was no other way out of this cruel world, that there would be no peace. Just like the suicide drills, cups of kool-aid mixed with…

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    Jim Jones Research Paper

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    Around the mid-1970s there was backlash against Jones recent behavior. Former members of the People's temple who called themselves "Concerned Relatives" organized a media campaign to expose Jones' brainwashing, financial corruption, torture, and child abuse inside of Jonestown (Chidester). Members of the government and others were sent to investigate Jonestown – so Jim Jones began to plan what he would name a "revolutionary suicide" ("Jones, Jim (1931-1978)"). In November of 1978, a visit was…

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    gather in the pavilion and partake in what were known as “white nights.” He would have the members drink fake poisonous drinks in order to see if the members would be loyal to the society. Armed Peoples Temple guards patrolled the border to protect residents but also to keep members from escaping. Over time, a group of former Temple members and concerned relatives of current members convinced Congressman Leo Ryan to investigate the settlement in person. On November 18, 1978, Ryan arrived at…

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    Jonestown Massacre

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    On November 19, 1978, the nation and the world woke to the news of the tragedy of Jonestown, learning of the carnage of the suicide and murder of over 900 people in the jungle of Guyana. What happened has been painstakingly studied however the how and the why continue to be the subject of discussion more than thirty years later. The death tapes captured much of what transpired on November 18, 1978. Jones was heard to say,” “Die with a degree of dignity. Lay down your life with dignity; don’t lay…

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    Benjamin Franklin once said “[t]hose who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” The message Franklin was trying to convey is that liberty is a gift, and it should not be used as a bargaining chip for ones personal desires. His warning to all about the value of vital rights is not just right-wing propaganda, but rather a warning with truth behind it. Throughout history many people have given total devotion to a ruler in hopes…

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    would establish utopian community. Since it was meant to be a utopia, everyone was expecting to go perfectly, but there were issues surfacing. There wasn’t enough cabins to house everyone resulting in overcrowding. The cabins were also segregated by gender so married couples were forced to live apart. Jones’ voice was always broadcasted through a loudspeaker, day and night. Many people wanted out but said nothing of it because they knew they would get punished. There is also the fact that…

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    On November 18, 1978, in what became known as the “Jonestown Massacre,” more than 900 members of Peoples Temple Church died in a mass suicide-murder under the direction of their leader Jim Jones.Jim Jones used blind faith, promise of reward, and violence to shape the identities of his followers. His followers were following by blind faith and used that to get followers.He let any race be apart of the church. Let any race in his Peoples Temple Church and that brought more people in.Did great…

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    Throughout history, there has been an enormous amount of leadership figures—both good and bad. One of the most famous is Martin Luther King Jr.--the leader of the African-American civil rights movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent disobedience. Although there have been a significant amount of honest leaders who care for the well being of his/her people, there never ceases to be an evil commander who is self-absorbent, selfish, and corrupt.…

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    In 1977 Jones Jimes fled the United States, and nearly a thousand of his people’s temples cult. Deep in the South American jungle him and his cult built a new community to find a new way of life and called it “JonesTown”. Having a great image of a “home sweet home” and a get away “paradise” is soon died on November 18, 1978. More than 900 people were killed or others committed suicide by drinking laced Kool-Aid. Jones did have a dark side to this all as you can tell he killed nearly a thousand…

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    Greetings! I’m Neon but my close friends call me Ne. Before I get into too much detail, there are some things you should know about me. First of all, I weigh 20 amu; light, I know! I have been around for a while, for about 4.5 billion years, but no one knew of my existence because people don’t notice me; it’s so sad! Now into my life story. When a nebula helped form planet Earth, my friends and I were born. However, it took a long time, smart people and a lot of work to get us all free from…

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