“Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid”
Jim Jones was a monster that goes unnoticed in American history. His dictatorial actions have changed America in a powerful way. On November 18, 1978, Jones led the Jonestown massacre that left over 900 people including himself dead. However, the deaths were done willingly by his followers, making this event even more disturbing. This event definitely changed America making it the second-largest, non-natural disaster-related killing of American civilians during peacetime.
It is hard to comprehend why hundreds of people would commit suicide because one man said so, but the many who participated were dedicated to a cult called the “Peoples Temple” that was started by Jones. His “church” promised equality, especially racial integration, which attracted minorities during the sixties and seventies. Even though President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law on July 2, 1964, many minorities did not feel the change. Jones was the person who took it into his own hands to start a change, starting with his “Rainbow Family.” Jones and his wife Marceline adopted many children from different racial backgrounds. In fact, they were the first white family in Indiana to adopt an African American boy. They also adopted three Korean Americans, a Native American, and a handful of white children. They also had one biological child. With this change Jones was starting to gain exceptional power and fame, making his followers have more faith in him than their own country.
As years progressed, Jones was becoming more powerful yet infamous. In order to stay in control, he used fear as a technique to make sure members were dedicated to the “church.” One of his fearful allegations was when he preached about an awaiting nuclear apocalypse that was to happen on July 15, 1967. Jones said the only way to be saved was to follow the church to California where they would be safe. In California, the “church” received a lot of negative attention which...