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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 28, Virtual Item 25, Q1057-Pt.4 Side A- Los Angeles Sermon (April 1973)

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_28.25pt4A


  • Digitized: April, 1973


Summary Note

This tape includes segments of two addresses by Jim Jones. The first few minutes of the tape is the conclusion of an undated Temple service in San Francisco, and while much of its includes undistinguishable conversation after the service while tape is still recording, it is one of the few times in the tape collection that Jim Jones actually ends an address. The balance of the tape is an address from April 1973, and – reflecting the turmoil in the country as the Watergate constitutional crisis began to unfold – Jones’ talk is less religious and more political, especially as the tape open. Jones has apparently read an article about Hitler’s Germany in the 1930s, an article which concludes that the same thing will happen to the United States within five years. “Now this is not Jim Jones anymore,” he comments as he reads, “this is what I’ve been telling you for years, and here it is.” The current scandal isn’t the only one that Nixon has been involved in – although the resignation of his Attorney General, L. Patrick Gray, shows this one to be more serious than previous ones – but “the scandals were very similar just before Hitler took power in Germany.” 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 audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.

Publisher Note

Publisher: The Jonestown Institute

Repository Details

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