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 Day in History

On August 2, 1865, the Confederate crew of the C.S.S. Shenandoah was still on patrol in the waters of the Pacific, ready to take out any Yankee whaling ships. In 1865, there was no way to spread the news quickly or efficiently (no radio, no TV, no newspaper delivery to many locations), so the Shenandoah had no idea the war was over. On August 2, 1865, a British vessel sailed close enough to them to tell them the war was over.

"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

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