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The aim of this paper is to look into the human rights violations committed by the United States against the black men during the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment as well as touch on the broader concept of racial medicine. In addition, my goal is to dismantle the pretense society may hold about the United States and the moral high ground it claims to stand on. In order to accomplish this goal, I will make parallels about atrocities committed by the United States on the African-American population to those committed by the Nazis on the Jewish population in Germany. I will first briefly define the disease in order to provide an understanding of its severity. Then I will discuss the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment (TSE) in its entirety. Next, I will discuss and analyze the specific human rights violated. I will then go through and break down aspects of the TSE and provide direct examples of crimes committed by the Nazis to dismantle the mask the United States wears. I will also attempt to investigate the physicians in order to get a thorough understanding of racial medicine and its application specifically in the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment as well as in general. In conclusion, I will synthesis the inability of the government to protect its people to the implications it presents today.

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Political Science


human rights violations


American Politics | Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Herbert Hirsch


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The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment