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How the States Got Their Shapes Too: The People Behind the Borderlines

No kid has ever been known to say, "When I grow up, I want to establish a state line!"  But many did -- some famous; most not -- but in each case part of a larger quest in their lives that intersected with history in a way that ended up as a lines on the American map.

How the States Got Their Shapes Too: The People Behind the Borderlines

How the States Got Their Shapes

A New York Times Best Seller, How the States Got Their Shapes became a History Channel series by the same name, hosted by Brian Unger.

American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why

With chapters devoted to African Americans, Native Americans, Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, Latinos, Chinese, Japanese, along with Communists, Capitalists, women, and a highly turbulent but largely forgotten panic over Freemasons, American Panic reveals striking similarities in these diverse episodes through primary documents in which statements from the past could easily be mistaken for statements today.

Vice Capades: Sex, Drugs and Bowling from the Pilgrims to the Present

While laws against nude dancing have become less restrictive, laws restricting sexual harassment have been enacted. While marijuana is no longer illegal everywhere, restrictive laws have been enacted against cigarettes. Vice Capades examines how the (not necessarily nefarious) powers-that-be in each era determine what is or is not deemed a vice.