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Postcard from a concerned American citizen to Senator Gerald P. Nye of North Dakota, August 21, 1935

Americans across the nation expressed support for Senator Gerald P. Nye’s inquiry. Though the committee did not find conclusive evidence of a conspiracy, the investigation strengthened isolationist sentiment among the American public. The Nye Committee’s work prompted Congress to approve a series of neutrality bills in the 1930s to prevent the United States from involvement in overseas conflicts.

YOU ARE TRULY AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, AMERICA IS PROUD OF YOU, I WISH THERE WERE MORE SENATOR NYE'S, IN CONGRESS.

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration

Postcard from a concerned American citizen to Senator Gerald P. Nye Postcard from a concerned American citizen to Senator Gerald P. Nye YOU ARE TRULY AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, AMERICA IS PROUD OF YOU, I WISH THERE WERE MORE SENATOR NYE'S, IN CONGRESS.

The Nye Committee

During the 1920s and 1930s, a number of authors, high-ranking officials, members of Congress, and pacifist groups claimed profit-hungry arms manufacturers had unduly influenced America’s decision to enter World War I. As conflicts in Europe recurred in the 1930s, some Americans grew concerned that arms manufacturers might pressure the United States to enter another conflict overseas. The Senate created a special committee in 1934 to investigate the sale of munitions in World War I, known as the Nye Committee, after its chairman Senator Gerald P. Nye of North Dakota.

We are very anxious that you investigate the Armament Business, we know too much about the futility of the last war, and will never support another.

Miss Mabel Harman, Mrs. Martha Harman, and Mrs. Charles Bachman, Postcard to Senator Gerald P. Nye of North Dakota, March 1, 1934