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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 18, Virtual Item 22, Q639 - Part 2, White Night (continued from 635 through 639) | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 18, Virtual Item 22, Q639 - Part 2, White Night (continued from 635 through 639)

This is a conclusion of the White Night which begins on Q 635. It takes place while Guyana Prime Minister Forbes Burnham is out of the country. The themes are familiar for a White Night: revolutionary suicide, class enemies – as in most cases, members of the Concerned Relatives organization – and the Temple's legal problems. In general, though, the tone seems less desperate than others, perhaps because Jim Jones starts the tape drunk, then becomes sick. Ron Talley is on the floor for a good part of the tape, but there seems to be more of an attempt to correct undesirable behavior than to berate him.

Jones is drunk at the beginning of the tape. He says he wishes he could do it on a peaceful night, not so much for the thrill of a drunk, but so he could sleep. Later, as he comes down from the drunk, he tells people it isn't good; he repeats that after he vomits. He elaborates upon that twice to say, "there ain't nothing good but socialism.

Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

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Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
ms-0183_18.22 Part 2
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