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

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BUILDING A MONOPOLY

1. THE NEW NOBILITY

In northern Delaware, around Wilmington and the Brandywine, a dense veil of humidity often hangs over the countryside, clothing trees and people alike with an unseen weight, steeping lungs and tiring arms, burdening any effort at labor. Especially if there is a hot summer sun and the rolling green hills are filling the air with their heavy sweet scent. Especially if you’ve been working since dawn, putting in your daily twelve hours of labor as Du Pont workers did in the nineteenth century. Once in a while the men would lay down their tools and take a break—perhaps, if they were masons, would even doze a few moments under a tree or by the stone walls they were endlessly building for Henry du Pont.

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