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Daniel Smith


Ph.D., Virginia, 1977

Selected Publications:


  • The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown:  The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of
  • America (Henry Holt, 2008), with Lorri Glover;
  • Inside the Great House: Planter Family Life in 18th Century Chesapeake Society (1980);
  • “’This Heaven in Idea’: Myth and Reality on the Kentucky Frontier,” in Craig Thompson Friend, ed.,
  • ‘The Buzzel About Kentuck’:  Essays on the New Eden (University Press of Kentucky, 1998);
  • "In God's Hands: Children in the Puritan Heart," North Carolina Humanities (June 1995);
  • “Mother Love and Infant Death, 1750-1920,” Journal of American History (September 1986), coauthor;
  • "The Study of the Family in Early America: Trends, Problems, and Prospects," William and Mary Quarterly (January 1982).

Historical scriptwriting:

  • Writer/Producer of feature documentary, FEBRUARY ONE:  THE STORY OF THE GREENSBORO FOUR, about the 1960 Woolworth Sit-In in Greensboro, NC.  National broadcast on PBS’s “Independent Lens” (hosted by Susan Sarandon) in February 2005;
  • Writer of feature documentary, TRAIL OF TEARS:  CHEROKEE LEGACY, hosted by Cherokee film star Wes Studi and narrated by James Earl Jones.  Winner of Best Documentary at 2006 American Indian Film Festival; screened at the National Museum of the American Indian, July 2007;
  • BLACK INDIANS:  AN AMERICAN STORY, narrated by James Earl Jones, with music by the Neville Brothers.  Aired on national television February 2003.  Winner of NAMMY (Native American Emmy);
  • TERROR OF THE SOUL:  EDGAR ALLAN POE, a docudrama on the life and work of Poe.  Starring Treat Williams, John Heard, Rene Auberjenois, music by Philip Glass, narrated by Ruby Dee.  Aired nationally on PBS, part of the ‘American Masters’ series;
  • PERFECT SPY, feature film (currently in development) about the incredible tale of Pham Xuan An, who carried out a remarkable double life in the Vietnam War serving undetected for years as a Time magazine reporter AND a spy for the Vietnamese Communists.  Based on Larry Berman’s book of the same title (Harper Collins, 2007);
  • ALAMANCE, a one-hour drama about a backcountry uprising in pre-Revolutionary North Carolina, aired on N.C. public television, 1996, winner of Mid-South EMMY and Silver “Telly’ award;