The Jonestown Massacre

610 Words Feb 17th, 2018 2 Pages
The Jonestown Massacre, led by Jim Jones, convinced men, women, and children of all ages to commit suicide or be killed in days to come by the U.S. government. This event would become known as the most deadly, non-natural disaster in U.S. history, before September 11, 2001. James Warren Jones, better known as Jim Jones, was born on May 13, 1978 in Lynn, Indiana. His father, James Thurman Jones, and his mother, Lynetta Jones, never gave him much love during his childhood. Lynetta worked all the time and James was “emotionally absent”. Growing up, Jim visited all kinds of churches all over town including the Church of Christ, Apostolic, Methodist, etc. Jim Jones graduated from high school and became a student pastor at the Methodist Church in 1952. In 1956, Jim Jones founded his own church called The Peoples Temple. Jim Jones was officially ordained in 1964.
Jones became interested in the work of George Baker, or Father Divine, in the late 1950s. He was inspired by the fact that Father Divine was a black preacher with a multiracial congregation, who claimed that he was God. Jim Jones was disgusted with segregation at “mainstream churches”. The Peoples Temple became racially integrated from the start. He supported and preached racial-equality. Jim and his wife even adopted kids of all races. In 1966, Jim Jones moved the Peoples Temple to…
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