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JQ does not make it easy to sanitize strings for JSON inclusion
hist='sed '0,1d' "$HOME/my_bash_history" | wc -l' ### <<< we have some double quotes to escape
data="$( jq -nc --arg str "$hist" '{"attr": $str}' )"
echo "data: $data"
hist="$(echo "$data" | jq -r '.attr')"
echo "hist: $hist" # damnit it's back to where it was before
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