Student Papers

Over the years, the editors of this report and people on this website’s Speakers Bureau have assisted scores of students in secondary schools, colleges and universities, and graduate programs in their research into different aspects of Peoples Temple history. Beginning this year, we are publishing some of the papers which have come out of that research. The papers will also be collected and published at the bottom of the Articles page.

Secondary School

  1. History Day Project on Jonestown Has Lessons for Teenagers of Today, by Hillary Contreras
  2. Cults and their Leaders: An Introduction, by Oliver Everhard
    1. Cults and their Leaders: An Exposition
    2. An Interview with Don Beck
    3. A Listing of Cults in America
  3. Was It Suicide or Murder? by Abi K. Kosmas

College and Graduate School

  1. My Interest in Peoples Temple, by Kristian Klippenstein
  2. Preparing to Sell Jonestown, by Catherine B. Abbott
    1. Selling Jonestown: Religion, Socialism, and Revolutionary Suicide in Peoples Temple
  3. Followership in Peoples Temple: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, by Wendy M. Edmonds
  • Originally posted on July 25th, 2013.

    Last modified on August 19th, 2014.
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