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Who in their right mind would willingly go to work making explosives and why? They pay was alright, but the job had its share of dangers. A bad day at work might mean never making the trip home again.

Still, a job at DuPont's Brandywine Works meant steady work, a decent wage, and opportunities for advancement. World War I kept demand for black powder high, and as long as there was a demand, there were jobs to be had in the powderyards. For our second episode in this series, we dive into the working lives of the men and women who kept the powderyards running during and after the war. We'll learn about their reasons for taking these dangerous jobs, and what they got out of it.

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