Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

REL390: Beyond Drinking the Kool-Aid: Jonestown after 40 Years: Reference Resources

Resource guide for Dr. Lynn Neal's Jonestown course.

Reference Resources

American Decades

The American Decades series gives historical, social, and political context for understanding how the United States has changed over the last 200 years.  The original American Decades devotes a volume to each decade of the 20th century, and each volume has a chapter covering what happened in that decade in the following areas:

  • World Events
  • The Arts
  • Business and the Economy
  • Education
  • Fashion
  • Government and Politics
  • Law and Justice
  • Lifestyles and Social Trends
  • Media
  • Medicine and Health
  • Religion
  • Science and Technology
  • Sports

Similarly, American Decades: Primary Sources includes primary source documents, such as speeches, images, government documents, and newspaper articles, that help us to understand how Americans were dealing with, and responding to, the events of their day.

To use these resources, click one of the links below, select the table of contents link, and select your decade of interest from the drop-down menu.


Need help? Chat with us