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This Sunday is the 33rd annual @AIDSWalkPhilly—here's a #thread about a different kind of #AIDS walk in #Philadelphia—the city's first candlelight AIDS vigil, in 1986.

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@AIDSWalkPhilly The first Candlelight Walk for #AIDS in #Philadelphia took place on September 25, 1986. Earlier that month, the Department of Public Health reported 479 cases of AIDS in the Philadelphia area, and 298 had died.

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@AIDSWalkPhilly Of reported cases, 50% were African American—ten points higher than their share of the total #Philadelphia population. But #AIDS agencies were predominantly white, and rooted in the #Gayborhood, which was itself seen as a mostly white space.
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Thanks to @myHNN for reposting my @anxious_bench post on how podcasts help historians speak to a larger public. Of course, the problem with recommending just 5 podcasts is that you leave many more off the list. So let's keep going with a short thread...
Caveat audiens: I’ve listened to some but not all of these. So I’ll quote a bit of self-description from each podcast and then a link. Hopefully others will jump on and extend this list of podcasting historians.
1. @BackStoryRadio, “a weekly podcast that uses current events in America to take a deep dive into our past.” (There's that past-present theme again.) Hosts include everyone’s favorite Hamilton scholar and Congressional violence expert, @jbf1755.
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1. In my family this dish was called Potlagella. My great-grandfather Jacob Covitch, who emigrated from Romania around 1902, used to make it all the time I'm told (he died before I was born).…
2. I learned how to make Potlagella from my grandmother and mother. It's pretty simple, but quite delicious...a couple times a summer I snag an eggplant at the farmers' market and make a batch. Each time I do so, I think fondly of Jacob and my grandmother and my mother.
3. That @Food52 article does a marvelous job of explicating the history of this dish...a history that resonates with my own family lore, and also taught me several things I didn't know before. #EverythingHasAHistory #EvenEggplantDip
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Hey #twitterstorians Inspired by @KevinMKruse @HC_Richardson @rauchway and @TheTattooedProf thought I'd say a little about GOP government giveaway bonanzas in the 1860s, especially helpful to "rugged individuals" who conquered the West.
Why, in 1862 alone, the Republican Congress passed 1) the Homestead Act, giving away millions of acres of public land to (mostly white) men willing to settle in remote places (and UNsettle indigenous inhabitants). Huge entitlement!
2) the Morrill Act, establishing land grant colleges that would anchor education and agricultural development in territories not yet fully under U.S. control. Western universities have always been agents of colonization, folks.
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