September 24's Fact of the Day

Congress instated the Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917, a United States federal law that restricted trade with hostile and belligerent countries to the United States. Briefly, the law allowed the President to oversee or restrict all forms of trade between the United States and its enemies in times of war. Coincidentally, governmental authorities used the Act to prosecute Chinese Americans that sent money back to their families in China and accused them of trading with the enemy ascribed as communists in the McCarthy era during the Cold War.