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This good and important book will appeal to Indianans and others across the nation. Smith, a Texan, earned his doctorate in history at the University of Virginia and taught at the University of Kentucky before abandoning academia to become a freelance novelist, screenwriter, and producer based in St. Louis. In his powerful documentary films, as in his novels, he has explored major turning points in United States history. In Our Family Dreams, Smith has set out to explore the ways in which an ordinary family made the American dream work for it.