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Suicide Pact
By signing the Declaration of Independence, 56 Americans put their lives on the line
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Edward S. Curtis
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Reagan Reborn
Did a madman’s bullet that wounded the 40th president save the world from nuclear war?
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Fat Cats and Vagabonds
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by Peter Carlson

Where Rebels Won
West Virginia left the South for the North in 1863 and became the only state where secession won out
by Gerald D. Swick

Slave Factories
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Value beyond measure

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Emergency money