Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America's past. These stories are about Americans - people just like you - who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you. Kate Kelly

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Part of the inspiration for this site comes from a remark made by Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams (1860-1935)
"People do not want to hear about simple things. They want to hear about great things - simply told."

On This Day


On June 23, 1972, Title IX of the education amendments of 1972 became law, thereby outlawing gender discrimination. Any school that receives any federal money from the elementary to university level–in short, nearly all schools–must provide fair and equal treatment of the sexes in all areas, including athletics. Here's the story of the woman who pressed for passage of the new law: Patsy Takemoto Mink.
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Who Thought of That?


Blue jeans were invented by Jacob Davis

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American Presidents and Their Families

The Tradition of the White House Tree Lighting Ceremony

Today we think of the ceremonial lighting of the White House Christmas tree as a long-time... continue »

George Washington (1732-1799): Childhood and Early Years

President from 1789-1797 Today we know that the “I cannot tell a lie” statement George Washington was supposed to have made to his father after... continue »
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What can one person do? Read some of the stories on this site; you'll see that they revolve around single individuals who worked toward change.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead