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.

This section began as a celebration of March and Women’s History Month; it continues as a regular feature because there are so many unrecognized women who have made major contributions to history.


Revolutionary War: The Women Who Should be Remembered

During the Revolutionary War, there were numerous women who heroically stood up for the CorbinPatriots’ cause, yet so often the stories we hear take on the aspect of myth. Betsy Ross’ story is a good example.

Yet there are so many actions women took that were helpful to the cause.  Because of this, America Comes Alive presents to you three little-known stories of women who fought during our War of Independence. They, too, deserve celebration every July 4.

First woman to Receive Military Pension

Margaret Corbin (1751-1800) was wounded while fighting at the Battle of Fort Washington, and she eventually became the first woman to ever receive a military pension from Congress.

During the Revolutionary War, George Washington planned that Fort Lee (on the New Jersey side of the Hudson) and Fort Washington (on the Manhattan side; a park between West 183rd and 185th Streets is where the fort was once located) were to be on guard to prevent the British from moving up the Hudson River. It was vital to hold both forts.

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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


Isabella Coleman: Rose Bowl Parade Float Designer and Innovator

Rose Parade float for Shriners Children's Hospital• Started designing floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade when she was 14 ... Continue reading »

Women in Medicine: Little Known Crusaders Who Have Made a Difference

Rebecca-Lee-Crumpler-150x150On March 4, 2014 I was invited to Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, to help them celebrate Women’s History Month.  I addressed an audience… ... Continue reading »

Harriet Lawrence Hemenway (1858-1960): Saving Birds One Hat at a Time

plume huntingEnvironmentalist who led campaign to ban the use of feathers in fashion, saving millions of birds ... Continue reading »

Martha Ann Maxwell (1831-1881): Naturalist and Taxidermist

Martha 1 First woman field naturalist to obtain and prepare her own specimens Set a precedent for showing the animals… ... Continue reading »

Sacagawea: Only Woman to Accompany the Lewis and Clark Expedition

sacajawea headshot Served as interpreter and symbol of peace to Native Americans whom the Corps of Discovery  encountered on their trip West; ... Continue reading »

First Female Surgeon in Civil War: Physician Mary Walker

220px-Mary_Edwards_Walker 1• Volunteered with the Union Army but had to serve as a nurse, not a physician because of her gender; eventually surgeons were so badly needed that her skills… ... Continue reading »
This Day in History

On September 2, 1969, America’s first automatic teller machine (ATM) was made available, dispensing cash to customers at Chemical Bank in Rockville Centre, a small town on Long Island (New York). By the 1980s, these machines were almost everywhere—not just banks–and handled many of the functions previously performed by human tellers, such as check deposits and money transfers between accounts.  Today the economy fully depends on their availability.

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