Letters, Aug. 25, 1941

Mr. Hawley & Mr. Smoot

Sirs:

Now we have the answer. TIME sticks to the facts. It was all caused by the Smoot-Hawley Tariff in June 1930. What happened before that just didn't matter. "The depression . . . deepened. England went off gold. In the U.S. men sold apples on the street corners" [TIME, Aug. 4]. . . .

Let's be fair with the dead. Mr. Smoot didn't cause "World War II," nor did the passage of the tariff bill. . . .

STEWART P. MCCONNEL

Beaver, Pa.

Sirs:

You should have underlined the following statement:...

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