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Bell Ringer: The Reagan Administration and the AIDS Crisis

The Reagan Administration and the AIDS Crisis

Washington Post political columnist Karen Tumulty talked the Reagan Administration's handling of the AIDS crisis and First Lady Nancy Reagan's impact on President Reagan's eventual acknowledgement of the crisis.

Description

Washington Post political columnist Karen Tumulty talked the Reagan Administration's handling of the AIDS crisis and First Lady Nancy Reagan's impact on President Reagan's eventual acknowledgement of the crisis.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How is President Reagan’s handling of the AIDS crisis commonly viewed?
  • Describe First Lady Nancy Reagan’s understanding of the AIDS crisis early in the Reagan Administration.
  • Why was there hesitancy within the Reagan Administration to address the AIDS epidemic?
  • What were the stigmas that existed about AIDS at this time? How did these stigmas impact the crisis?
  • How did Nancy Reagan influence President Reagan’s eventual actions to address the AIDS crisis?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • A I D S Crisis
    • Hiv
    • L G B T
    • Nancy Reagan
    • President Ronald Reagan
    • Ron Reagan
    • Surgeon General

    Topics

    Civil Rights & Civil LibertiesHealthU.S. History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity