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One of the original arguments for adding a Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution was that it was needed to protect individuals and minority groups from a potential tyranny of the majority Did it work Well it depends on your viewpoint Whether it was the Americans or the African-Americans the Native Americans or the Japanese Americans The Bill of Rights were established to benefit the Americans and only the Americans They dealt with individual liberties as well as the boundary between federal and state authority Hoping to build a strong bond between Americans the Bill of Rights failedArticle Fifteen states The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race color or previous condition of servitude For an American there is no problem When a minority member goes to vote they find that they are unable they do not have the right Why is this Why are African Americans unable to vote Slavery has supposedly ended but they are still unable to vote The Bill of Rights was supposed to protect minorities from a potential tyranny of the majority And the answer is No it did not There are many examples but perhaps that strongest example are the Japanese Americans and the Internment CampsJapans surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 caused the United States to enter World War I It also stirred hostility against Japanese people in the United States Many Americans associated Japanese Americans with the Japanese pilots who had destroyed US Navy ships The Executive Order 9066 signed by FDR in 1942 was designed to designate military areas from which any or all persons may be excluded Curfews were established for the Japanese Americans and they were confined to detention camps until their loyalty could be determined More than 100000 Japanese Americans were confined in ten detention camps scattered over seven states
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