Two important legal cases were brought against the United States concerning the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The landmark cases wereHirabayashiv.United States(1943), andKorematsuv.United States(1944). In both, the defendants argued their Fifth Amendment rights were violated by the U.S. government because of their ancestry. You can find information on both cases online.
Read the following questions and then write a single essay of between 650 and 850 words that incorporates your response to them. Your essay should include an opening statement, a body (with examples and course content references, footnoted properly as needed), and a conclusion. Before you begin your essay, restate the questions you are answering.
What Fifth Amendment issues did Hirabayashi and Korematsu argue were being violated? How did the Supreme Court rule on the cases? Do you agree with the rulings? Why or why not?