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Graham, Aaron: Manifesto 



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    Manifesto by Aaron Graham "It was my goal with this work to embody the kinds of evil that can be brought upon this world from the written and spoken word. So many watershed moments throughout history have been a direct result of either a revolutionary document, or public speech. The title “Manifesto” is an allusion to the kind of ideals that may start such a movement, whether a movement for positive change or terrible tragedy. The speech heard in the work is the final speech from Reverend Jim Jones. Jones was the leader of the “People's Temple Agricultural Project” who after feeling alienated from Western societal priorities and values, formed a kind of utopian community in Guyana, Africa. The society fell apart, mainly due to Jones' increasing paranoia and drug- induced rage. The entire community of nearly 1000 people either committed suicide or was put to death at the hands of Jones and his fellow fanatics. This speech was recorded just minutes before Jones began this horrific act." Manifesto was commissioned by Julia Chien




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