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.

The Clinton Pets, Buddy and Socks

Bill Clinton grew up with dogs, so it was only natural that at some Clinton Dogpoint the Clintons would add a dog to their family.  The decision to expand their “pack” came as Chelsea was preparing to leave for college.

The four-and-a-half month-old chocolate Labrador arrived at the White House in the fall of 1997 with the name of Teddy (the breeder thought he looked like a teddy bear).  However, in a 90-minute press conference concerning news issues of the time (December 16, 1997), Bill Clinton took a moment to announce that he was naming the dog Buddy.

Clinton told the press that he had had a great-uncle who raised dogs, and the man, who was called Buddy, had been very influential in Bill Clinton’s life.  The relative had recently died so Bill found it an appropriate way to remember him.

Clinton Cat and Clinton Dog

Clinton CatUntil Buddy’s arrival, the only pet in residence in the Clinton White House had been Socks, the cat.  The cat was said to have been a stray found outside the home of Chelsea Clinton’s piano teacher. The cat approached Chelsea, and soon he was going home with her and  had a loving home, first in the Arkansas governor’s mansion and later at the White House. Continue reading

Roosevelt Dog, Blaze, Makes News

Like Roosevelt dog
Blaze, a 130-lb. English bullmastiff that Colonel Elliott Roosevelt (1910-1990) acquired in Europe during World War… ... Continue reading »

Dog Jack, Mascot and Volunteer for the Union

Dog Jack, Mascot
Jack, a young mastiff, was to become one of the best-known mascots of the Civil War… ... Continue reading »

The Carter Family and Amy’s Dog, Grits

Amy and Grits
Amy Carter was age 9 when the Carter family moved into the White House. The family… ... Continue reading »

Sandy, the Canine Star of Broadway’s Little Orphan Annie

Broadway Tails book
The story of how the first dog who played Sandy in Annie is as dramatic and… ... Continue reading »

Little Orphan Annie, The Comic Strip

Annie first strip
The comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, was created by a young cartoonist by the name of… ... Continue reading »

Revolutionary War: The Women Who Should be Remembered

During the Revolutionary War, there were numerous women who heroically stood up for the Patriots’ cause, yet so… ... Continue reading »

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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