Structural Racism in American Psychiatry and APA: Part 1

Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H.

The history of American psychiatry and the history of Black Americans is the history of slavery and segregation in America for over 200 years, right on through the end of the Civil War; the passage of the 14th and 15th Amendments; the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which included a provision for equal access to public places; and up to the present. The history of American psychiatry and segregation extends well into the lifetime of over 100 million Americans living today.

This article covers October 12, 1773, to June 12, 1862.