Healthcare Denied and Revived: 1896–1970, A Mississippi Case Study Public Deposited

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  • Pittman, Destinie
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Public Policy
  • Health is both a civil and human right. However, the United States has historically treated health and healthcare as solely a civil right that can be selectively granted and revoked, rather than as a human right. Healthcare has been cast into the periphery of segregation and desegregation discourses, just as black populations’ access to care has been minimized. We lose out on the evolution of health activism, and its dominant actors, throughout monumental institutional changes when these issues remain out of focus. To reinforce the magnitude of racism, the author makes use of the stories of Dr. Charles R. Drew and Juliette Derricotte, who died preventable deaths. The research centers healthcare in the civil rights discourse by examining the evolution of healthcare in the South before and during desegregation as it relates to the dominant actors of healthcare activism in the Mississippi Delta, particularly in Mound Bayou.
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  • Global Africana Review
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  • 2
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  • 1
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  • 29
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  • English
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