COLD WARRIORS FROM WILMINGTON
1. THE ICEMAN COMETH
In 1953 Irénée du Pont was asked by reporters if he thought the New Deal would ever come back. “I hope I’ll be thoroughly tucked away in the family cemetery before then,”1 the old industrialist replied.
Irénée needn’t have worried. His own remarks served as fitting confirmation that the anti-Du Pont days of the New Deal were as much buried in the past as their august creator. In many ways it was a symbolic twist of history that only one year after Franklin Roosevelt’s death, the War Department gave the late President’s private yacht, the Potomac, to Maryland’s fisheries fleet in exchange for another reconverted yacht, The Du Pont.
Wilmington’s relations with Washington certainly underwent ...