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Bubonic Plague and AIDS

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Positions of Power: How Did They React?

HIV/AIDS
 
Ronald Reagan was elected as the president of the U.S. in 1980. When the AIDS was first discovered in 1981, President Reagan put off discussing it publically until 1987. If he had acknowledged it publically during the epidemic's early stages, more people would have been aware of its dangers, which means less infections and less deaths.

Bubonic Plague
 
Medieval Europe was ruled by a monarchy. The reponse to the plague from the kings and queens were pathetic. Many did nothing and just stayed at their castles, thinking they had nothing to worry about. Eventually, the disease swallowed up so many lives in Europe that a lot of Medieval rulers left the throne and moved far away, to save their lives.

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Author: Brooke Wilder 2006