Master of Arts in History
First Committee Member
Greg Hise, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
William J. Smith
Number of Pages
Though there is a rich literature dealing with the DuPont Company, the historiography remains dedicated to studies of the family’s life, corporate methods, working-class culture, and technological know-how. Rarely do studies engage the company’s wider economic position or regional influence in early America. This study analyzes the way early American culture guided and influenced DuPont’s growth and success. It also examines the company’s efforts to promote manufactures, create markets, and shape its surrounding landscape. As in other parts of the world, the development of industrial capitalism, and the wider acceptance of domestic manufacturers and large-scale industry in the United States accelerated the emergence of factory towns, milling villages, and long-term urban growth. The DuPont Company and its founder E.I. du Pont played an instrumental role in these developments and helped determine their specifically American characteristics. Furthermore, this thesis asserts that the environment in and around Wilmington shaped DuPont’s early development, and that the firm was instrumental in organizing the economic, social, and physical world around it.
Brandywine River; Capitalism; Delaware – Wilmington; DuPont Company; Du Pont; Eleuthère Irénée; 1771-1834; E.I. du Pont; E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company; Manufacturing industries – Economic aspects; Manufacturing industries – History; Manufactures; United States – Brandywine Creek; Wilmington; DE
History | United States History | Urban Studies and Planning
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Manning, Christopher, "Building DuPont: Capitalism, manufactures, and place in early America, 1800-1820" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 673.
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