Black Powder, White Lace: The Du Pont Irish and Cultural Identity in Nineteenth-Century America.
Out-of-print; a scholarly work examining the world of DuPont in nineteenth-century Delaware and working-class Irish-Americans in the Brandywine Valley. From the Publishers: “Between 1802 and 1902, over 2000 Irish emigrants, mainly Catholics from Ulster, relocated to northern Delaware, where they found steady employment in E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company’s black powder yards. Explosives work was dangerous, but the du Ponts, perhaps best described as sincere paternalists, provided a host of benefits, including assisted migration, free or low-cost housing, interest-bearing savings accounts, and widows’ pensions. As a result, the Irish remained loyal to their employers, convinced by their everyday experiences that their interests and the du Ponts’ were one and the same.”
Description: Black Powder, White Lace: The Du Pont Irish and Cultural Identity in Nineteenth-Century America.
University of New Hampshire Press, 2002. 296 pages. First edition. Illustrated. Octavo. Publisher’s red cloth; without dust jacket, if issued. A Near Fine and lovely copy with a trifling of binding wear.