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."

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On February 24, 1988, the Supreme Court voted 8-0 to overturn the $200,000 settlement awarded to the Reverend Jerry Falwell for emotional distress at being parodied in Hustler.  Falwell, a conservative leader of the Moral Majority sued for libel. Falwell won the case, but Larry Flynt appealed. The Supreme Court unanimously overturned the lower court’s decision, ruling that Hustler‘s parody fell within the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech and the press.
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Who Thought of That?


The true inventor of the ice cream cone was Italo Marchiony, not Ernest Hamwi at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904 as is often reported.

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Heroes & Trailblazers

Traveling West in 1854: The Story of an 11-Year-Old Girl and Her Family

We often read stories of families traveling west by wagon train. However, recently I was introduced to a reminiscence of a woman’s childhood journey to... continue »

First Female Surgeon in Civil War: Physician Mary Walker

• Volunteered with the Union Army but had to serve as a nurse, not a physician because of her gender; eventually surgeons were so badly... 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