Rebecca Moore is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. She has written and published extensively on Peoples Temple and Jonestown (listed here), including her book Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple (Praeger, 2009), and an extensive description of the Temple appears at the World Religions & Spirituality Project at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also kept a blog throughout 2018, the 40th anniversary of the tragedy, called The Jonestown Journal (2018).
Rebecca is the co-manager of this website. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cult of Jim Jones (2022)
Striking to the Marrow of Jonestown, a review of Marrow by darlene anita scott (2022)
George Donald Beck (2021)
The Erasure (and Re-inscription) of African Americans from the Jonestown Narrative (PDF here) (2018; posted 2020)
Jonestown in American Religious Life (2018; posted 2020)
The Brainwashing Myth (2018)
Demographics at a Glance (2017)
Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Information, and the National Security State (2007; revised and expanded, 2017)
Annie: An Enigma (2012)
Carolyn’s Other Letters (2009)
The Sacrament of Suicide (2006)
Katrina and Jonestown (2005)
A Response to Ken McCarthy’s Comments by Rebecca Moore
Jim Jones and the Conspiracists by Jim Hougan
Response to Jim Hougan by Rebecca Moore
American as Cherry Pie (2000)
Last Rights (1988)
A Sympathetic History of Jonestown: The Moore Family Involvement in the Peoples Temple (1985) (selected chapters)
Chapter 9: Tim Stoen, 1977 (this chapter appears as a pdf)
Chapter 11: The Vise
Chapter 12: The Last To Die
Chapter 13: Closing the Books
Chapter 14: Residual Suspicion
Excerpts from Chapter 16: McGehee v. CIA. The complete chapter appears here as a pdf.
Rebecca Moore also edited two collections of letters from her two sisters who died in Jonestown. Letters from Annie Moore and Letters from Carolyn Moore Layton appear in the Primary Sources section of the site.
In addition to writing the articles above, Rebecca Moore appeared as a speaker during the Griot Institute of African Studies lecture series entitled Jonestown: 35 Years Later at Bucknell University; her presentation appears on this page (scroll down the videos).
Rebecca is the author of several books on Jonestown and Peoples Temple, including:
A Sympathetic History of Jonestown: The Moore Family Involvement in the Peoples Temple. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1985.
The Jonestown Letters: Correspondence of the Moore Family 1970–1985. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1986.
In Defense of Peoples Temple. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1988.
The Need for a Second Look at Jonestown, co-edited with Fielding McGehee III. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1989.
(Editor’s Note: This book includes an article by Gary Scarff, who had presented himself falsely as a former member of Peoples Temple. An article about the subterfuge – and Mr. Scarff’s apology for misleading the editors – appears here.)
New Religious Movements, Mass Suicide, and Peoples Temple: Scholarly Perspectives on a Tragedy, co-edited with McGehee. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1989.
Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009; paperback revision 2018.
Peoples Temple and Jonestown in the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge University Press (2022).