The Nye Committee and neutrality legislation

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The Nye Committee and neutrality legislation.   Between 1934 and 1937, Gerald P. Nye of North Dakota chaired a Senate committee investigating  American involvement in the First World War. The committee concluded that bankers and arms  dealers, the so-called “merchants of death,” had made enormous profits during the war. Although  unable to show a direct cause-and-effect relationship between either the finance or the munitions  industry and the U.S. declaration of war, Congress believed that identifying the way the United States  had been drawn into war in 1917 was key to keeping the country out of a future conflict. The  neutrality laws passed between 1935 and 1937 reflected this attitude.  Enacted in response to the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in May 1935, the  Neutrality Act of 1935 
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