The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment : A Black Massacre

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The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: Another Black Massacre Alesha Jones
History & Significance of Race in America Section 009 Professor Abu Sayeed

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment was a clinical research study that took place in Macon County, Tuskegee, Alabama. The experiment was coordinated by the United States Public Health Service and carried out for forty years (Jones, 1). The experiment began in 1932 and ended in 1972, causing harm to the African-Americans involved in the study. This harm was not only physical, but also mental as well. There were a total of 600 men involved in this study (Jones, 1). While 400 of them had supposedly already contracted the disease, the other 200 served as control variables. Many of the men involved in this study were sharecroppers from Macon County who bought a lot of economic stability to the region (Brandt, 2). Subjects were told that they would receive “special free treatment” to cure their disease along with other perks that only made them more willing to participate in the study (Brandt, 2). Being as though these sharecroppers were not educated, they went along with participating in the study. This study’s purpose according to the physicians who were involved was to show that “charting the spontaneous evolution of syphilis in untreated patients would yield to valuable information on the natural history of the disease (Jones, 1).” Although they have given that purpose,…
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