What was the Tuskegee syphilis study? Who were the subjects of the experiment? What was their position in society and what motivated them to participate?

Essential Questions

1.) What was the Tuskegee syphilis study? Who were the subjects of the experiment? What was their position in society and what motivated them to participate?

2.) What were participants told about the purpose of the study and the health consequences of participating in it, and how did this differ from actuality?

3.)What impact did the Tuskegee study have on the participants, their families, the African American community, and the American community in general during that time? Please be specific

4.) How did what the study participants experienced/received differ from what they were expecting and promised?

5.)Why did the government not treat the patients? Why do you think those conducting the study failed to inform these men regarding their true intentions and the men’s actual medical situations?

6.) Why did the medical officials not treat the men with penicillin once it was discovered as a cure for syphilis in 1947? Had the infected men been treated, what symptoms may have been alleviated and how might their quality of life have improved?

7.)Some of the nurses and doctors involved in the study were also African American? What is the reason they agreed to facilitate these experiments?

8.) Where do you see the themes of Power, Privilege and Inequality present within the actions during these experiments? Please explain in detail President Clinton’s Apology… One of the ways the government has attempted to “right the wrongs” of Tuskegee is by issuing an apology. In 1997, 65 years after the study was implemented, President Bill Clinton delivered a formal apology for the syphilis study at Tuskegee. The ceremony was attended by the few remaining survivors, patient family members, members of the community, and others impacted.

9.) Why did President Clinton feel it is important to not forget the Tuskegee syphilis study? How does Clinton describe the men from the Tuskegee study?

9.) President Clinton describes the Tuskegee events as “a time when our nation failed to live up to its ideals, when our nation broke the trust with our people that is the very foundation of our democracy.” What does he mean when he says this statement and how does this statement still resonate today?

10.) Summarize the five steps President Clinton outlines for helping to rebuild the lost trust. Of these actions, which do you think is most important, or will be most impactful, and why?

11.) Choose a phrase in the President’s speech that you feel is most powerful. Write it below and describe why you think this particular excerpt is most meaningful to you. What are the most important lessons our government and nation can learn from this history? How can we take responsibility for past wrongdoings to avoid making the same mistakes again? Paper is to be 8 to 9 pages – (4 to 5 Peer reviewed journal articles are to be used as reference) ,APA 7th ed., Cover Page, Reference page