Jonestown Massacre Research Paper

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“Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid” The Jonestown Massacre was a tragic incident that people will remember forever. The Jonestown Massacre occurred on November 18, 1978, in Jonestown, Guyana. Jim Jones forced his followers in Jonestown to drink poison that killed almost everyone. This massacre resulted in the death of over nine hundred members of the People’s Temple that was led by Jones, and it is known for being one of the largest single events causing death of Americans in a non-natural disaster. Jim Jones was born on May 13, 1931, in Crete, Indiana. His parents were Joseph Guillermo Jones and Nancy Jones. During his childhood, Jones was home alone when his parents worked. Jones didn’t have very many friends either. Jones went to church with his parents on Sunday, and his church had inspired him to be a minister. Jones married Marceline in 1949, when he was only 16 years old. He was known for being a good kid. He was responsible, and he even graduated high school with honors. Jones went into ministry in 1952. His goal was to make people believe in equality for everyone. Jones wanted to hold church services about racial discrimination, but the church …show more content…
His temple also became known as a cult because followers admired Jones enough to commit suicide when he told them too. The Jonestown Massacre made people more aware of how dangerous cults can be. The massacre was a tragedy that shocked family members and society. Jones’s followers were lied to so they would think like Jones. They were controlled by Jones and soon died because of the dangerous beliefs of the