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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 17, Virtual Item 10, Q591-Part 1, Discussion of relatives, Jonestown meeting (588-596) | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 17, Virtual Item 10, Q591-Part 1, Discussion of relatives, Jonestown meeting (588-596)
April 13, 1978

This tape of a Jonestown meeting from April 1978 begins with a wide diversity of subjects under discussion, including the advantages and disadvantages of emigrating to the Soviet Union; the placement of a few miscreants on the Jonestown Learning Crew; a review of the news by Jonestown residents; even a little playful banter between Jim and Marceline Jones. Early in the meeting, and then for the balance of the hour, the community focuses on the breaking news that Temple antagonists Tim Stoen and the Mertles are organizing through the use of the press and the courts to force the return of relatives to the United States. In making the announcement, Jim refers to the meeting that their opponents are calling as being “for Concerned Relatives,” and his tone of voice suggests this may be the first time he has used those words, although Jonestown would become quite familiar with the group before much longer. The conversation about “going to Russia” considers some of the issues they have discussed before: would the Soviet Union allow Jones to function as their leader; how would it respond to its use of White Nights; and how would they fit in with the new society.

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_17.10 Part 1
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