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 March 23, 1806, Lewis and Clark left the Pacific Coast and Fort Clatsop where they had spent the winter. They were eager for home. Their winter stay along the Columbia River had been plagued by rainy weather and not enough to eat. They knew the trip ahead would not be easy; they faced the rugged slopes of the Rockies among other challenges. At least this time, they knew a little more about what was to come.
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Who Thought of That?

A pill that could easily be dissolved in the stomach (known as a "friable" pill) was invented by William Upjohn (1858-1932)

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Heroes & Trailblazers

Postage Stamp Honors Late Cartoonist Bill Mauldin

If you have ever stopped by the post office to buy a special type of stamp for a wedding invitation or a holiday card, then... continue »

Gus Arriola and The Comic Strip Character of Gordo

From 1941-1985, Gus Arriola (1917-2008) produced a comic strip a day (panels for daily and Sunday strips) about Gordo, a fellow who began his existence... 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