The Neutrality Policy of the United States

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quarter of the globe in one way or another. We are inextricably and inevitably tied into world affairs. We should not delude ourselves that like Perseus of mythology we can put on neutrality as a helmet and render ourselves invisible and immune to a world in conflict around us.


WORLD CHAOS ONCE MORE2

Two roads lay open before us--one leading back into the morass of international anarchy from which we had come and in which we now once again find ourselves floundering, while the other held out a hope that mankind might find a rational way to settle disputes without a resort to arms. It was one of those tragic moments in the history of the world in which hesitation is fatal, but a bold decision leads to success and determines the destiny of mankind for decades to come. In that great crisis, unfortunately, our country, whose wealth and power and prestige were then at the zenith and whose geographical position and disinterestedness made her the natural and indispensable leader in any plan for world cooperation, hesitated, debated interminably, and finally slipped involuntarily into the road that led back into anarchy. I say America slipped involuntarily, for it was never her deliberate choice. It came about as a result of our constitutional provision placing control in treaty matters in the hands of one-third of our senators. This provision enabled the die-hards and isolationists, the troglodytes of the twentieth century, to thwart the will of the majority and make America the lone wolf in international affairs.

This attitude of aloofness was most unfortunate, and has made America a stumbling block in the path of

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From article by C. S. Potts, Dean, School of Law, Southern Methodist University. Southwestern Social Science Quarterly. 16:6-10. September, 1935.

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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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