The study violated several ethical principles. autonomy, being that the subjects were never given informed consent or accurate information about their condition and treatment options so that they could decide what was in their best interest and what could happen to them. Also beneficence, research involving human subjects should do no intentional harm while maximizing benefits and minimizing harm. ‘We should act in ways that promote the welfare of other people’ (Munson,). Lastly, justice applies here. ‘The central task of the government is to preserve and promote the liberty and welfare of individuals’ (Munson,). Obviously, researchers in the Tuskegee syphilis study lied to their participants about their condition and the treatment they were receiving and were selected based on race, gender and economic class.
All men cannot go to college but some men must; every isolated group or nation must have its yeast, must have for the talented few centers of training where men are not so mystified and befuddled by the hard and necessary toil of earning a living, as to have no aims higher than their bellies, and no God greater than Gold. This is true training, and thus in the beginning were the favored sons of the freedmen trained. Out of the colleges of the North came, after the blood of war, Ware, Cravath, Chase, Andrews, Bumstead and Spence to build the foundations of knowledge and civilization in the black South. Where ought they to have begun to build? At the bottom, of course, quibbles the mole with his eyes in the earth. Aye! truly at the bottom, at the very bottom; at the bottom of knowledge, down in the very depths of knowledge there where the roots of justice strike into the lowest soil of Truth. And so they did begin; they founded colleges, and up from the colleges shot normal schools, and out from the normal schools went teachers, and around the normal teachers clustered other teachers to teach the public schools; the college trained in Greek and Latin and mathematics, 2,000 men; and these men trained full 50,000 others in morals and manners, and they in turn taught thrift and the alphabet to nine millions of men, who to-day hold $300,000,000 of property. It was a miracle – the most wonderful peace-battle of the 19th century, and yet to-day men smile at it, and in fine superiority tell us that it was all a strange mistake; that a proper way to found a system of education is first to gather the children and buy them spelling books and hoes; afterward men may look about for teachers, if haply they may find them; or again they would teach men Work, but as for Life–why, what has Work to do with Life, they ask vacantly.
The Rosenwald Fund , a major Chicago -based philanthropy devoted to black education and community development in the South , provided financial support to pay for the eventual treatment of the patients. They had previously collaborated with Public Health Services in a study of syphilis prevalence in over 2,000 black workers in Mississippi's Delta Pine and Land Company in 1928, and helped provide treatment for 25% of the workers who had tested positive for the disease.  Study researchers initially recruited 399 syphilitic Black men, and 201 healthy Black men as controls.