Jonestown Massacre

Jonestown Massacre - A suicide in general is bad enough as...

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A suicide in general is bad enough as it is. But over 900 suicides at once will no doubt shake the world. Reverend Jim Jones is best known for leading a group of his most devoted followers to kill themselves and their children. There is without a doubt a sociological explanation as to why this happened. The deaths at Jonestown can be viewed as sort of a product of obedience, of people simply being compliant with their leader and reacting to the threat of force. Whatever Jim Jones ordered, the members of the Peoples Temple were sure to obey. Anyone who was noticed gathered at the pavilion that day in Jonestown, November 20 th , 1978, would never see the outside world again. Everyone was surrounded by armed guards who were trusted lieutenants of Jones. Some reports say that there were actually some people who were reluctant to drink the cyanide laced fruit drink, those individuals had the drink forced down their throats or were injected with the substance. In the Peoples Temple, Jones tolerated no dissent, made sure the members had no allegiance more
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2011 for the course SPEECH 101 taught by Professor Robincollins during the Spring '11 term at Pellissippi.

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