Medical Experimentation and Exploitation in the Jim Crow Era (History/Social Science)


This is the second of four lessons in which students will survey different aspects of the civil rights movement in the Jim Crow era, exploitation of African Americans in medical experimentation, and the ethical issues involved with early American medicine.


In this lesson, students will analyze, evaluate and synthesize complex text(s) concerning the ethics of medical research during the Jim Crow Era. Students will use evidence from the text(s) to participate in a Socratic Seminar focused on the history of medical research and its relation to issues of race and ethics.

Lesson Times

This is meant for a 100 minute block period
100 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology
K-12 Subjects
  • History/Social Science
    • Government & Economics
    • Culture & Peoples
Grade Levels
  • 11

Standards and Objectives


Next Generation Science Standards (1)
California English Common Core Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will explain medical research methods used to advance scientific findings.
  • Students will compare and contrast approaches in study with existing research practices.
  • Students will list unethical practices conducted as part of this study.
  • Students will identify current practices that prevents similar activiites.
  • Students will describe the socratic method of inquiry.
  • Students will relate research practices and propose common practices.

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