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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 21, Virtual Item 29, Q757- Tim Stoen; White Night; revolutionary suicide

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_21.29


  • Digitized: April 1, 1978


Summary Note

This meeting of the Jonestown community includes long statements of Jim Jones' personal philosophy. It is self-pitying at times, in part because he says he isn't feeling well. Jones begins the conversation by saying he is sensitive to noise. He criticizes members of the community for their selfishness, and says they might not miss him if he were dead. And he could do that, he adds, he could die tonight. But even though that would mean they could do what they want, he ponders what would it mean for the movement. He didn't have the moral right to die, he says. He speaks of Cuba, the Soviet Union, and Congress. He says that the Soviets are threatened by the community's goodness and its lack of elitism; they're also impressed by their atheism. Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

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Physical Description Note

Original audiocassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.

Publisher Note

Publisher: The Jonestown Institute

Repository Details

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