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Du Pont Dynasty: Behind the Nylon Curtain by Mark Crispin Miller, Gerard Colby Zilg

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HARVEST OF GOLD

1. A HOUSE DIVIDED NEED NOT FALL

“I think it is miserable that Lincoln’s elected,” Ellen du Pont angrily wrote her brother, Henry Algernon du Pont, at West Point. “Whenever I think of our having such a President from such a party, it makes me feel like tasting green persimmons does to the children.… I wish the Republicans and the abolitionists were in the Atlantic, when we would be at rest.”1

Ellen was no exception in the Du Pont household, for there is no doubt that the first family of Delaware had strong southern sympathies and made little effort to hide them. In fact, a branch of the family were themselves slaveholders in South Carolina. Père Du Pont’s great uncle, Abraham Dupont, had settled his roost there in 1695. ...

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