Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2014

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School




Program or Major

History and Justice Studies

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

First Advisor

J. William Harris

Second Advisor

Marion Dorsey

Third Advisor

Eleanor Harrison-Buck


During the time period between Reconstruction and the Deluxe Jim Crow era, African Americans were legally oppressed, which hindered their ability to live fully and equally in society with whites. This was especially true in terms of healthcare. Segregation laws were implemented to separate blacks from the rest of society in everyday life; the worst of these laws affected the ability of African Americans to gain access to medical care that was equal to whites. This inequality prevented blacks from being accepted into society and from living quality lives that stem from adequate healthcare. Although the federal and state governments repressed African Americans, Blacks and supporters of equality worked to promote healthcare, medical education, and eventually desegregation, through organizations and individual promotion.