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Week 5 Notes

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Week 5 Notes AMS 231

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Here are the notes from the fifth week of classes, hope they help!
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This 5 page Class Notes was uploaded by Matt Owens on Monday December 14, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to AMS 231 at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa taught by Stacy Morgan in Spring 2015. Since its upload, it has received 28 views. For similar materials see Contemporary America in American Studies at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.


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Date Created: 12/14/15
The AIDS/HIV Crisis Timeline:  1981-1982 o First notice of unusual patterns of a rare pneumonia (LA) & Kaposi’s Sarcoma (NYC) o Disease initially termed GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency) o Formation of Gay Men’s Health Crisis o By late 1982, c.1300 US AIDS deaths  1982-1984 o “4-H” risk groups identified:  Hemophiliacs, Haitian immigrants (found out it’s not accurate), heroin addicts, & homosexuals (1982)  New name: AIDS – Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (1982)  HIV virus identified as causative agent; method s of transmission identified (1983-84)  By 1984, 7600+ US AIDS/HIV deaths  1985-1986 o FDA licenses the first tests to detect an antibody for the HIV virus (1985) o Rock Hudson dies (1985)  Turning point o Ryan White infected by blood transfusion (1985)  Barred from public school  Eventually won the right to go back in court o By 1986, 31,000+ US AIDS/HIV deaths  1987-1990 o Ronald Reagan finally gives a short speech about the AIDS crisis (1987)  Didn’t mention sex at all  Took so long because basically he didn’t want to associate himself with homosexual events o Lessons on causes of AIDS/HIV transmission begin to entre public schools o AZT released in 1987, but cost is high o Formation of ACT-UP o By 1990, over 59,000 US AIDS/HIV deaths  Early 1990s o Magic Johnson announces that he is HIV+ (1991) o Philadelphia (1993) o By 2002, over 500,000 U.S. AIDS/HIV deaths Scientific Community Responses  Randy Shilts, And the Band Played On (1987) o Movie adaptation (1993) Mapping AIDS/HIV within the US  Imagined primarily as a coastal phenomenon (San Francisco and NYC)  AIDS/HIV relatively invisible in the Midwest & South  Abraham Verghese, My Own Country (1994) Gay Community Responses  Larry Kramer, “A Personal Appeal” (1981)  Gay Men’s Health Crisis formed in 1982  Debates over bathhouses in San Francisco (1983-84)  New Activist Groups: ACT-UP and Queer Nation Cultural Impact:  Rumors & Fears Run Wild o You can get AIDS from toilet seats o “God’s punishment for homosexuals” o Gay men are trying to infect general population o Urban legend of “AIDS Mary” o AIDS = CIA plot to destroy Africa/Black America  New Attitudes Toward Sex o More open view of sex o Advertising for use of condoms o Frank Moore, “Safe Fantasy” (1988) o Showing up in higher society as well  Names Project, AIDS Memorial Quilt o (1986-present) o Cleve Jones  Gregory Dean Smalley (1964-1996)  Drive-By Truckers “The Living Bubba” (1998) Matt Owens AMS 231 10/6/15 The Decline of the Rust Belt: Deindustrialization & Its Consequences Economic Imbalances  Job Growth: o Defense industry o Technology o Real Estate o Corporate Agribusiness o Region:  Sun Belt (West Coat & South)  Ex: Silicon Valley  Job Loss: o Steel & Automobiles o Mining o Family Farms o Region:  Rust Belt (Midwest & Northeast); Appalachia  Ex: Flint, Michigan Decline of the Rust Belt: Contributing Factors  Rising costs of oil & labor  Increasing competition from foreign imports  Technological advances in the workplace  Relative mobility of capital o Government deregulation o “Right to Work” legislation o Company lockouts of workers The Rust Belt: The Reagan Contribution  1981 National Economic Recovery Act o Cut personal income taxes 25% across the board over a 33- month period o Cut max. capital gains tax from 28% to 20%  Lax enforcement of anti-trust laws (corporate mergers)  Deregulation  Hostility to organized labor o Ex: firing 11,000+ air traffic controllers (1981) “Supply-Side Economics” Corporations’ share of federal tax burden decreases Increasing Disparities of Wealth: The Numbers at the Top  Number of US millionaires grows from 4400 in 1980 to 35,000 in 1987  1990 numbers: o income of richest 1% = income of bottom 40% o income of richest 5% = income of bottom 60% Wealth Disconnected from Productivity  Corporate mergers & “junk bond” trading o Ex: Michael Milken  Recognizes the free market economy  Sold off assets of companies he bought to pay for new companies he’s buying  1980: The average US CEO made 40 times the amount of average employee  1989: The average US CEO made 93 times the amount of an average employee Wealth Disparities: The Numbers at the Bottom  1 of every 3 working Americans had an annual income below the poverty line during the 1980s  Minimum wage frozen at $3.35/hour in 1981; not increased until 1991 ($4.25/hour) o Yearly income (40-hour work week)  $3.35  $6,968  $4.25  $8,840  Increasing size of homeless population A Culture Response  Minutemen, “This Ain’t No Picnic” (1984)  Roger & Me (1989) o Flint, Michigan 1950s vs. 1980s  50’s – GM supported Flint with jobs, both company and individuals profiting  80’s – GM closes factories, begins outsourcing. Individuals blame GM for town falling apart  City officials toss money towards tourist attractions  Flop within a year Bruce Springsteen’s America Springsteen’s Early Life & Career  1949 in Freehold, New Jersey: an industrial, Rust Belt town  Early influences: Elvis, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan  Earns reputation with long, high-energy live shows Key Theme: “Runaway American Dreams”  Youthful desperation: need to escape  Why? o Roles of adulthood offered by life in a working class factory town are a “cage” o To continue to live within this cage = “suicide”  How does one escape? o Through cars and rock & roll music (often with a girl) Nebraska (1982)  Themes: Desperation, isolation, disappointment  Stories of people giving up on their “runaway American dreams” Born in the USA (1984)  Attempt to take messages from Nebraska & reach a broader audience o Working with East Street Band again o MTV videos o World tour  Huge commercial success  1984 Republican National Convention: “Born in the USA” o Not really a match to the song 


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