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 November 21, 1877 Thomas Edison revealed his invention of the phonograph. He had been working on a method to record telephone calls and came upon a method to record and play back sound. He set the phonograph aside to work on the light bulb, while others made progress on the phonograph.  In 1887, he returned to his work on the device, and by 1906 he formed the National Phonograph Company which produced musical and theatrical selections. He also marketed his own Edison phonograph.


"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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