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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 25, Virtual Item 10, Q932- Sermon in Redwood Valley

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_25.10


  • Digitized: 1972


Summary Note

This 1972 sermon in Redwood Valley touches on many familiar themes in Jim Jones' speeches -- racism in American society, the evils of capitalism and the use of wealth to suppress blacks, war as a tool of the rich to make money for themselves and to subjugate lower classes -- but it includes several overtly partisan remarks. At one point, Jones urges his congregation to vote for George McGovern, the nominee of the Democratic Party, as the lesser of two devils; soon afterwards, though, he says that the country would've been better off with the Democrat's 1968 nominee Hubert Humphrey, and that it's a "realistic" choice to side with McGovern. Hereturns to the theme later, when he says: "We have to get involved with politics. It's your duty." 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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