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 19, 19196, a U.S. Aero Squadron took off from Columbus, New Mexico, in the first combat air mission in U.S. history. The planes were part of a support mission for General Pershing who was on an expedition into Mexico to capture Pancho Villa, who had invaded the U.S. The squadron had mechanical and navigational challenges, but they flew hundreds of missions for Pershing. A great deal was learned about battlefield air  reconnaissance.
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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