Neutrality Act
 

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Neutrality Act
The mood of the United States in the early part of the 1930's was extremely isolationist. A special investigation was undertaken by the Senate under the leadership of Senator Nye of North Dakota, to determine whether arms manufacturers had made undo profits during Word War I. The answer was overwhelmingly affirmative. Thus, the argument went that the United States became involved in World War I at the behest of the arms makers.

As a result, the Congress began to discuss a resolution that would limit American involvement in foreign wars.

The president requested a law that would allow him to place an embargo on arms to the country that he considered the aggressor, while continuing to sell arms to the victim. The Congress rejected the administration's bill and instead voted for a bill that stated that whenever the president declared a state of war to exist, he must declare an arms embargo on all sides. Roosevelt reluctantly signed the bill into law.