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Has the Bill of Rights been effective in providing civil rights for all Americans? how so? Has the Bill of Rights been effective in providing civil rights for all Americans? how so?

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I will argue that yes it has.  Of course, these rights are not uniformly or universally observed, but in general you can say that the courts have been very consistent in upholding free speech and religious rights.  They have also been, for the most part, very consistent in forcing police and the penal system to observe individual rights when it comes to handling both the accused and the convicted.

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The Bill of Rights is meant to protect the rights of Americans; rights like the right of free speech and religion or to be free from excessive searches and seizures.  However, the Bill...

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