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 February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated by rival Black Muslims while giving a speech in NYC. His father, a preacher, was murdered in 1931 by a white supremacist.  Malcolm X became a follower of Elijah Muhammad and advocated black nationalism  and self-defense “by any means necessary.” But by 1964 he had taken a more moderate approach and became influential in the civil rights movement.
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Who Thought of That?

Bessie Blount invented a device that helped wounded World War II veterans feed themselves without needing help from others.

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Heroes & Trailblazers

Adelina Otero-Warren (1881-1965), Suffragist

One of first female government officials in New Mexico First New Mexican woman and the first Latina to run for national office Suffragist Born into... continue »

The Bermuda Triangle 1945: The Veterans Who Never Came Home

The mystery surrounding the Bermuda Triangle is known the world over. What isn't as well known is what first led to the belief that this... continue »
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