The Land is Bright (1941)
By George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
Another dynastic epic from the typewriters of Kaufman and Ferber, but this time with a serious tone and a pointed intention. The Kincaid family has made its money from some pretty rough-and-ready tactics during the Western expansion of the railroads in the 19th Century. In their desire to rise up the social ladder over the ensuing decades, they encounter challenges to the roots of their fortune, and gradually learn the nature of patriotic sacrifice in order to become true Americans. As World War II glimmers in the background, Kaufman and Ferber make a case for the duty of all Americans to bond together for a common good.