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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 Whether it was the European Americans AfricanAmericans Native Americans or the Japanese Americans the Bill of Rights was established to benefit all Americans and only Americans It dealt with individual liberties as well as the boundaries between federal and state authority Hoping to build a strong bond between Americans the Bill of Rights failed Article 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 should be no problem However this was not always the case For a time African Americans were unable to vote and Slavery was well over however they were still unable to vote There are many examples of minority injustice in the unites States but perhaps that strongest example was when the Japanese Americans were forced into internment Camps Japans 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 destroyed US Navy ships The Executive Order 9066 signed by FDR in 1942 was designed to designate military areasfrom 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 includingArizona Arkansas California Colorado Idaho Utah and Wyoming As a result the lives of Japanese Americans were completely turned upside down They Lived in cramped smellystalls without food and water for long periods of time Many were confused
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