The Founding of APO

Elisabeth George, PhD Candidate in History at the University at Buffalo, talks about the founding of AIDS Project of the Ozarks (APO), an AIDS service organization that operates out of Springfield, MO and was incorporated in 1985.

2012 AIDS Quilt DC

2012 AIDS Quilt, Ryan White and Pedro Zamora (Ted Eytan/Flickr|BY-SA)

Show Notes and Further Reading.

There is lots on the AIDS crisis and disease in the United States. See, for example:

  • Brier, Jennifer. Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Responses from the AIDS Crisis. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2011.
  • Cohen, Cathy. The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1999.
  • Farmer, Paul. AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame, Updated Edition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.
  • Lekus, Ian. “Health Care, the AIDS Crisis, and the Politics of Community: The North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project, 1982-1996” in Modern American Queer History, edited by Allida M. Black (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2001): 227-252.
  • Shilts, Randy. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th Anniversary Edition. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2007.
  • Verghese, Abraham. My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story. New York: Vintage Books, 1994.
  • Ramirez-Valles, Jesus. Compañeros: Latino Activists in the Face of AIDS. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011.
Here are a couple of interesting related links about AIDS service organizations, political movements, and efforts to increase understanding and awareness of AIDS in the US:
And a couple of good histories on the American New Right and the Reagan-era social and political climate when the AIDS crisis emerged:
  • McGirr, Lisa. Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.
  • Wilentz, Sean. The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.

Featured image: AIDS quilt, Washington, D.C. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.  

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