Can America Stay Neutral?

Can America Stay Neutral?

Can America Stay Neutral?

Can America Stay Neutral?

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When the present authors wrote "Can We Be Neutral?" late in 1935 the Neutrality Act passed by Congress on August 31 of that year had just started the United States along the road of trying to enforce peace by domestic legislation. Certain sections of that earlier volume appear again here. But momentous events have meanwhile occurred in the world, reënforcing our views in some respects, modifying them in others. Our present task is to bring the story down to date. This involves trying to describe how American neutrality legislation actually operated during the three wars which began in widely separated parts of the world in 1935, 1936 and 1937, and what may be its effect for us in the mighty struggle now joined in Europe.

The present cataclysm has been long in preparation. The international crisis entered an acute stage a year ago, reached a temporary culmination in the Munich settlement of last September, and drifted from bad to worse following the German seizure of the Czech lands of Bohemia and Moravia in March. On September 1, all attempts to dissuade Hitler having failed, his troops attacked Poland; and on September 3 Britain and France declared war on Germany, opening a conflict of unpredictable dimensions and duration. On September 5 President Roosevelt issued two proclamations, one in accordance with the traditional neutrality policy of the United States, the other in the specific sense required by the 1937 Act. On September 21, the day this book went to . . .

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