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Du nylon et des bombes : Du Pont de Nemours, l'État américain et le nucléaire, 1930-1960

Abstract : Before World War II, the chemical company Du Pont championed free enterprise. Nylon was promoted as demonstrating that free enterprise could produce better things for better living without aid from New Dealers. But the same compagny and its chemical engineers who converted the laboratory wonder of nylon into the commercial blockbuster it became, were the ones, who few years later, produced plutonium for the making of atomic bombs In the 1940s and 1950s, Du Pont built huge atomic plants for the U.S Government at Hanford, Wash ington, and Savannah River, South Carolina. This close collaboration with govern- ment officials produced new type of politically sophisticated executives, who discovered not only the possibility of working with the Government, but also the advantage of doing so. In the same time the Federal State, rather than being merely client and consumer, became partner of Big Business for the mass-production of high-tech military-related products.
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Pap Ndiaye. Du nylon et des bombes : Du Pont de Nemours, l'État américain et le nucléaire, 1930-1960. Annales. Histoire, Sciences sociales, Armand Colin, 1995, 50 (1), pp.53 - 73. ⟨hal-03623164⟩



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