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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

Heroes & Trailblazers

Sybil Ludington, 16, Helped Patriots in Revolutionary War

Sybil Ludington is known for her 40-mile night ride through parts of New York and Connecticut to alert American Patriots that the British military had... continue »

Mary Ellen Pleasant, Entrepreneur and Abolitionist

Abolitionist and successful Gold Rush entrepreneur Mary Ellen Pleasant was a free woman of mixed-race who dedicated her life to equality for African Americans. From... continue »

Jack Abernathy: Catching Live Wolves Bare-Handed

Jack Abernathy was a rough-and-tumble Texas cowboy who feared nothing. He achieved fame for devising a method to capture live wolves bare-handed. He then sold... continue »

Children Teddy Roosevelt Admired

Teddy Roosevelt had his own sons and daughters whom he loved deeply, but two children, Louis (called Bud) and Temple Abernathy, became his friends while... continue »

Women Answered Call in World War I

In World War I telephone operators were needed in Europe. General John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I, quickly... continue »

Asian Indians Fight for U.S. in World War I

Nearly a quarter of the men who fought for America in World War I were foreign born, including many Asian Indians who arrived in the... continue »

President H.W. Bush’s Service Dog

The Bush family has always had dogs and loved them... continue »

Water Safety Taught by This Man in 1900s

“Water is a good friend or a deadly enemy," said Wilbert E. Longfellow (1882-1947), a man who invested most of his life in teaching Americans... continue »

Sculptor of Rushmore Gutzon Borglum

Mount Rushmore towers commandingly over the Black Hills of South Dakota, beckoning visitors to come closer to see in detail the four faces of the... continue »

Isabella Greenway: Entrepreneur and Congresswoman

Isabella Greenway (1886-1953) was the first woman to represent Arizona in Congress (1933-1936) at a time when Arizona had only a single representative to the... continue »

Louis Armstrong’s Childhood

Louis Armstrong was one of the finest jazz musicians in the world. His work broke ground for a new style of popular American music for... continue »

P.T. Barnum’s Early Career

P.T. Barnum is remembered as a circus impresario and a huckster. Both those memories do him a disservice. He had a long and varied career... continue »