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Kimo Prokes & John Victor Stoen, Jonestown, May 1978
Kimo Prokes & John Victor Stoen, Jonestown, May 1978

The articles below offer the perspectives of historians, journalists and scholars of new religious movements and provide critical thinking on what has been learned since the tragedy of 18 November 1978.

Drinking the Kool-Aid: A Collection of Articles

Articles by Catherine Abbott

Dip your toe in the water of Jonestown, by Kimberly A. Adkins (2010)

The Peoples Temple’s Ideology in a Comparative Perspective by Peter Åkerbäck (2007)

Articles by Antony Arcusa (2014)

A Proposal to Restore Jonestown, by Roger Arjoon (2004)

Remembering Frank Bell, by Marianne Bachers (2016) NEW

Articles by Michael Bellefountaine

Articles by E. Black

Looking for Answers from an 1840s Mass Suicide in Guyana, by Paul Bolcik (2010)

Articles by John Brackett

Jeff Brailey’s Articles and Manuscript

From Norway to Guyana: A Writer’s Journey, by Pernille Borud (2012)

The Cult of Two: Understanding Jonestown, by Loren-Paul Caplin (2015)

Sex, Gender and Female Empowerment: Recovering a Positive Perspective on Jonestown, by Caroline Capute (2012)

Articles by John Collins

Articles by David Conn

Picturing Jonestown: Visual Media and the Social Constriction of Pictures, by Douglas E. Cowan (2008)

Articles by Edward Cromarty

Thinking Critically about Jonestown, by Kamilah Cummings (2014)

The Extremes Are Sometimes Closer: Peoples Temple, the Tea Party, and Anti-Governmentalism Then and Now, by Dereck Daschke (2010)

The Effects of Segregation and Racism in 20th Century America On the Growth of Peoples Temple, by Kellen Datta (2014)

The Struggle Over a “Cult,” by Dave de Give (2009)

Articles by Josef Dieckman

A Brief and General Overview of Jonestown Historiography, by Jason Dikes (2013)

Sigmund Freud’s Approach to Intergroup Relations Applied to Peoples Temple, by Shailee Dyssell-Pillay (2015)

Followership, Sacrificial Leadership and Charisma, Dissertation of Wendy M. Edmonds (2013)

eBay’s Handling of Jonestown CD Reveals Inconsistent Policing Policies, by Brad Elliott (2004)

Articles by Matthew Thomas Farrell

A Usable Past and a Usable Future: Research Must Not Forget the Survivor Community, by Holly Folk (2013)

Articles by Craig Foreman

The “Other” Jim Jones: Rabbi David Hill, House of Israel, and Black American Religion in the Age of Peoples Temple, by Nishani Frazier (2012)

The Politics That Destroyed Jonestown, by Marvin Funk (2008)

Teaching “Jonestown”, by Eugene V. Gallagher (2010)

Articles by Phyllis Abel Gardner, Ph.D.

Articles by Manca Gartnar 

Was Peoples Temple Religious?: Jonestown and Durkheim’s Religious Typology, by R. Gillingham (2010)

The Town of Jones, by John Gimlette (2015)

Articles by Richard Gubbels

Articles by Michael Haag, Ph.D.

Articles by John R. Hall

Transformed! by Kim Harvey (2006)

Articles by Robert P. Helms

“Comforting the Afflicted and Afflicting the Comfortable”: Teaching Jonestown to a New Generation of Students, by Ted Henken (2010)

“Hell that springs from the grave of memory”: Sacrifice, Whiteness, and Extinction in Wilson Harris’ Jonestown, by Jonathan Highfield (2008)

Articles by Katherine Hill

Articles by Jim Hougan

A Piece of Driftwood and the High Seas: Speculations on the Mind of a Madman, by E. Alex Howe (2012)

Articles by Sikivu Hutchinson NEW

Jonestown and Liberation Theology, by Massimo Introvigne (2008)

Articles by James L. Kelley NEW

Is There Such a Thing as People Hoarding?, by Carl Kelsch (2013)
Exploring ambivalence in Peoples Temple (2011)

Articles by Brian Kevin

Articles by Kristian Klippenstein

Articles by Christopher Knight-Griffin

Articles by James Knoll, MD

The Violent Outcomes of Ideological Extremism: What Have We Learned Since Jonestown?, by Janja Lalich, Ph.D. (2008)

Coerced Suicide: The Jonestown Deaths, Suicide Bombings, and Beyond, by Adam Lankford, Ph.D. (2012)

The Death of Christopher O’Neal, by Elizabeth Larson (2016) NEW

Articles by Richard Lawrence

Articles by Timothy Lisagor

The Strange Case of Franklin Jones, by Scott Lowe (1996)

The Death of a Story, the Death of a Cult: Pat Lynch and the Jonestown Tragedy, by Pat Lynch (2009)
Story of Media Involvement in Jonestown Seeks Publication (2007)

Three Groups in One, by Mary McCormick Maaga

Articles by Gary Maynard

Selected Articles and Editorials by Fielding M. McGehee III

Articles by David F. Mihalyfy

Articles by Dr. Khaleel Mohammed NEW

Articles by Rebecca Moore

Thirty Years Later: Thoughts About Prevention of Future Jonestowns, by Peter A. Olsson, M.D. (2008)

Articles by Patrick O’Reilly, Ph.D.

Revolutionary Suicide: A Rhetorical Examination of Jim Jones’ “Death Tape”, by Maggie Pehanick (2010)

Hook, line and Kool-Aid, by John Pierce (2012)

Jonestown Twenty-Five Years Later: Why All the Secrecy? by James T. Richardson (2003)

Jonestown: A Caribbean/Guyanese Perspective, a Speech by Walter Rodney (2016) NEW

‘How Did This Happen, and How Did I Not See It Coming?’, by Justin Rohrlich (2015)

Dispensing With The “Conspiracy Theory” Label, by Bryan Sacks (2009)

Articles by Will Savive

Articles by Mary Sawyer

Articles by Chloe Schildhause

The Fine Line between Jim Jones and Colin Powell, by Cheryl Ann Seminara, Ph.D. (2012)

Articles by Heather Shearer

35 years after Jonestown – two survivors speak out, by Audhild Skoglund (2014)

The Jonestown Death Tape: A Membership Categorisation Analysis, by Della-Rachel Smith (2014)

Articles by Archie Smith, Jr., Ph.D.

Articles by Roger Stacy

Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid, by Todd Strandberg (2015)

Articles by Karen Stroup, Ph.D.

“Never Heard A Man Speak Like This Before”: Reverend Jim Jones And Peoples Temple, by Emerson Maureen Stuckart (2014)

Articles by Shawn Sutherland

Drinking in Images, by ieva swanson (2013)

Carlton B. Goodlett: Champion of the People?, by James Lance Taylor (2012)
Bring Out The “Black Dimensions” Of Peoples Temple, by James Lance Taylor (2011)

Reframing the frame: Peoples Temple and the Power of Words, by Alla Tovares (2008)

Articles by Paul VanDeCarr

Defined by the Father: A discourse analytical case study of the last speech of Jim Jones, by Anssi Viljanen (2013)

The Modus Operandi of Modern Religious Movements, by Rebecca-Jayne Virgen (2012)

Peoples Temple by Dr. John Walliss

From Cuttlefish to Cults: Can Biology Explain Jonestown?, by John C. Wathey (2013)

Jonestown 1978: A Forensic Pathologist’s Retrospective Observations, by Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D. (2008)

As Seen On TV: The Science Of Brainwashing, Big And Small, by Chris Weller (2016) NEW

Articles by Catherine Wessinger

Articles and Commentary by Rikke Wettendorff

Revisiting the Jonestown Tragedy, by Thomas G. Whittle and Jan Thorpe (originally published in Freedom magazine, August 1997, by The Church of Scientology International, reprinted by permission.)

Articles by James Williams, Central Committee, Rural People’s Party

From monkey salesman to charismatic preacher, by Dr. Richard Wiseman (2014)

Articles by Bonnie Yates

All in the Family, by Jeremy Young (2010)

Articles by Dr. Philip G. Zimbardo

The Inspiration of the Jonestown Express, by Isaac Zukin (2014)

Student Papers

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