The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment


What is the name of the cure for syphilis?



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8. What is the name of the cure for syphilis?

9. In the 1940s a cure for syphilis was discovered. What effect did this have on the men evolved in the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment?


The Legacy of Tuskegee
In 1990, a survey found that 10 percent of African Americans believed that the U.S. government created AIDS as a plot to exterminate blacks, and another 20 percent could not rule out the possibility that this might be true. As preposterous and paranoid as this may sound, at one time the Tuskegee experiment must have seemed equally farfetched.

Who could imagine the government, all the way up to the Surgeon General of the United States, deliberately allowing a group of its citizens to die from a terrible disease for the sake of an ill-conceived experiment? In light of this and many other shameful episodes in our history, African Americans' widespread mistrust of the government and white society in general should not be a surprise to anyone.



10. After reading this final section, what comparison is the author making?


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