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"Hail! Hail!"  
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Author Harry Turtledove
First Appearance E-book original
Genre(s) Time-travel, alternate history
Publication date June 5, 2018

"Hail! Hail!"[1] is a novella published in e-book format by Swallow's End Publishing, June 5, 2018. The novella is hybrid time-travel alternate history, with the Marx Brothers being transported from the year 1934 to 1826 while visiting Nacogdoches, Texas. They arrive just as the doomed Fredonian Rebellion is breaking out. Having just completed their film Duck Soup, about a fictional Republic of Freedonia, the Marx brothers actually know about the Fredonia Rebllion in some detail, particularly Julius "Groucho" Marx, who serves as the story's POV. When they encounter Adolphus Sterne, the man who supplied the Rebellion, the Marx brothers, despairing of ever returning to their own time, reveal their identity to Sterne, and agree to help the rebellion. This decision proves to have dire consequences for history resulting in the creation of a slaveholding "Confederal government" with a flag comprised of a white St. Andrew's Cross and 15 red stars well into the 20th century.

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  1. The cover page and solicitation page use this title. The cover "Hail, Hail!" appears to be incorrect.