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And Then They Were Gone by Judy BebelaarJump to Content. Search form Search. Description Nine hundred eighteen Americans did not just one day decide to commit suicide en mass. There was considerable history and manipulation behind the scenes--and when the cult was still in California, the teenagers went to a high school in the nearby town. This book is a somber memorial of the children who were lost, written by one of their teachers. She has received national recognition for her success in helping her students find meaning in writing about their lives.
And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown (Slipcased)
Ron and I have been working on our book for four years now. Ron and I have written this book in order to allow readers to know the idealistic, socially responsible, hardworking students we met in just as we did — as real, flesh and blood human beings, not as symbols of tragedy, nor as mere numbers in a report of deaths. With that in mind, we have written the book more in the style of a novel than as a journalistic report… This book is our way of making a memorial to the young people we knew who died, and giving tribute to the courage of those who lived, and kept on living, in spite of the collapse of utopian dreams, in spite of haunting nightmares, in spite of almost unimaginable grief and loss. Sadly, we know little about her except that she was a poet, and that her aunt Lucy Crenshaw also died in Jonestown. Ron and I knew nothing about Jonestown or the impending exodus to Guyana then. Joyce arrived in Guyana on March 15, , much later than most of our students, when conditions were crowded and the community had grown more fearful, more cut off from the rest of the world. He thought we might want to do something in the same vein, with our students at the center.
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Thank you! Two former teachers at a school attended by Peoples Temple members try to make sense of the Jonestown tragedy in this debut book. In , Opportunity II, a new alternative high school in San Francisco, got an unexpected influx of students as teenagers from a church called Peoples Temple signed up for classes. Still, the volume offers some haunting details. Bebelaar caught up with Stephan Jones, who was at a basketball tournament when the mass suicide occurred. This account succeeds as a moving tribute to Temple students rather than as a key contribution to Jonestown history. There was a problem adding your email address.
And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown introduces 28 of those Temple teenagers and focuses on the fifteen Bebelaar and Cabral knew best of those who attended the small school until their sudden departures to Jonestown in the spring and summer of Most never returned. And Then They Were Gone tells how two teenage populations met at Opportunity, and made important connections in spite of the Temple rule forbidding fraternization with non-Temple students. When Bebelaar reached out to him after she and Cabral decided to write the book, Stephan was most helpful in getting the Jonestown part of the story right, and generously shared his own vivid writing about life as a teenager in Jonestown. But the young people also found ways to be normal teenagers and to rebel against strict rules in spite of the hard labor required of them and harsh punishments meted out in what had become a prison camp. The book concludes with the last months and days in Guyana.