The Neutrality Policy of the United States

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The measure was defeated. An Act of Congress of June 15, 1917, forbade sending from American waters any ship armed or converted in American waters, under any contract or with any intent that it should be delivered to a belligerent nation.


NEUTRALITY AND WAR PREVENTION3

Since that period of our early history there has now come the mightiest and most sudden economic and social revolution which has visited the earth during all the millions of years of man's life upon that planet. The reservoirs of power stored up in the earth during those millions of years have suddenly been tapped by man's technical skill and invention. The age of steam and electricity has arrived and the world has suddenly become interconnected and interdependent. In this process it has developed large urban and industrial populations entirely dependent upon distant sources of food and other supplies. Civilized life has suddenly become extremely complex and extremely fragile. Industrial Europe and to a less extent industrial North America suddenly have been filled with huge complicated habitations of men, women, and children all of whom are supported by a delicate economic mechanism of life, the stoppage or impairment of which will bring millions to discomfort and poverty or even starvation.

With equal suddenness war has become immensely more destructive. Within my adult lifetime I have watched the development of the long range rapid-fire rifle with its smokeless powder; the infinitely longer range quick firing artillery, shooting projectiles filled with an explosive so much more terrible than anything theretofore known that when it was first invented there was a strong movement to prohibit its use in war; the

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From address by Henry L. Stimson, former Secretary of State. American Society of International Law. Proceedings. 1935. p. 123-6.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Introduction 3
  • Contents 5
  • Summary of the Arguments 9
  • Bibliography 39
  • Definitions 71
  • General Discussion 77
  • Historical Development of the Law Of Neutrality 77
  • Legal Position of Neutrality 82
  • Neutrality and War Prevention 85
  • Position of American Neutrality During the World War 89
  • Covenant of the League of Nations And Neutrality 94
  • Neutrality Policy of August 1935 104
  • American Policy 105
  • New Proposals 109
  • Price of Neutrality 118
  • Brief Excerpts 126
  • Affirmative Discussion 145
  • Neutral Policy for America 145
  • Mandatory Neutrality 152
  • Contraband and Neutral Trade 156
  • Future of Neutrality 162
  • Safeguards to Neutrality 167
  • Dragging America into War 174
  • American Neutrality 178
  • Propaganda Balance Sheet 180
  • Brief Excerpts 182
  • Negative Discussion 205
  • Cost of Peace 205
  • World Chaos Once More 213
  • Neutrality and International Organization 219
  • Is Neutrality Consistent With International Cooperation? 226
  • Neutrality and Neutral Rights Following the Pact Of Paris 231
  • Neutrality and War Prevention 238
  • Our Foreign Policy with Respect To Neutrality 241
  • Economics of Neutrality 243
  • Brief Excerpts 245
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