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

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Five

CRISIS IN THE KINGDOM

1. CALM BEFORE THE STORM

As Henry du Pont was being lowered into his grave, many of his family cast a worried glance at the clear blue horizon. More than one Du Pont suspected that Henry, the infamous foe of change, had actually planted the economic seeds that would transform every life on the Brandywine. Beyond that clear horizon, they feared, brewed a storm of change. They were wrong. The turbulence stirred by Henry’s Powder Trust would be no mere storm. It would be a hurricane.

Right then, however, all the Du Ponts were immediately concerned with was preserving the only life they had known, and for a short while it actually seemed that life along the Brandywine might continue as it had for almost ninety years.

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