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.

Pop culture is as American as apple pie. Enjoy the stories behind favorite hobbies, sports, and collectibles.

Old Yeller Played by Spike, a Lab/Mastiff Mix

Old Yeller, or the dog that played Old Yeller, was a homeless dog Old Yellerfound in a shelter in Van Nuys, California.  The dog’s real name was Spike.

Spike almost didn’t get the part in the movie about Old Yeller because everyone thought he was too much of a sweetheart.

The Story of Old Yeller

The 1957 Walt Disney film, Old Yeller, was based on a book of the same name by Frank Gipson. The movie was about a boy and a stray dog in post-Civil War Texas. With the father away on a cattle drive, the two sons, Travis and Arliss, do the best they can to keep up with all the tasks on the family farm. 

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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

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

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

Oscar Micheaux: Homesteader, Bestselling Author, Filmmaker

Oscar MicheauxOscar Micheaux (1884-1951) had no mentors and no background that prepared him for any of the challenges he undertook, but he successfully amassed land in the West [caption id=”attachment_6098″ align=”alignright”… ... Continue reading »

Jackie “Moms” Mabley (1894-1975): Trailblazing Comedian

color Moms Mabley Moms was a first; no previous stand-up female comedian preceded Mabley First woman comedian to be… ... Continue reading »

Alice Coachman (1923- ): First African-American Woman to Win an Olympic Gold Medal

Alice Coachman in action World-class athlete specializing in the high jump First African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal… ... Continue reading »

Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952), First African-American to Win an Oscar

Hattie postage stamp First African-American woman to sing on radio First African-American to win an Oscar (Best Supporting Actress for her role in Gone with the Wind); however, McDaniel was not permitted to… ... Continue reading »

Roy Campanella (1921-1993), Negro League Superstar Chosen to Move to Major Leagues

roy_campanella_autograph Top National League catcher of his day Second African-American player selected to play in the Major Leagues Inducted into the… ... Continue reading »
This Day in History

On August 26, 1939, the first televised Major League baseball game was broadcast in New York. The game was between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Few people owned televisions at that time, but the industry was showcasing television as a product at the New York World’s Fair of that year.  They felt a televised baseball game would promote interest, and it did.  Today televised sports is a multi-billion dollar industry.

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