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Stories of America’s Past

Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of regular people who made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around and see what inspires you! — Kate Kelly

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Election Day Firsts

The history of elections in the United States is constantly evolving, but here are are some notable firsts: First Packaged Candidate William Henry Harrison was the first “packaged” candidate. He … Election Day Firsts Read More »
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First Latino to Earn Medal of Honor Fought In Civil War

Corporal Joseph H. De Castro, 20, distinguished himself at Gettysburg during Pickett’s Charge. He was the first Latino to earn the country’s highest military decoration for valor in combat, the … First Latino to Earn Medal of Honor Fought In Civil War Read More »
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The Vice-Presidential Pick

In the presidential election, how important is the vice-presidential pick and the subsequent debate? Joe Biden has selected Kamala Harris as his running mate, and pundits are speculating about how … The Vice-Presidential Pick Read More »
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Abraham Lincoln’s Dog, Fido

In the 1850s, the Lincoln family acquired a yellow mixed-breed dog they named Fido. Fido often accompanied Lincoln to his Springfield law office or around town on errands. Fido also … Abraham Lincoln’s Dog, Fido Read More »
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Congressman John Lewis Leaves Lessons

John Lewis was a remarkable man, a Congressman from Georgia and a long-time, front-line civil rights leader. His moral leadership will be missed now that he’s gone. Since he was … Congressman John Lewis Leaves Lessons Read More »
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Day

On October 31, 1993, actor River Phoenix, only 23 years old, died of a drug overdose outside the Viper Room on Hollywood’s fabled Sunset Strip. When Phoenix collapsed on the street, he was soon surrounded by people in costume, given the fact that it was Halloween. Phoenix was a magnet for the press. Those who were with him may have delayed in calling for help, trying to avoid letting Phoenix became a tabloid headline again.

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The Vice-Presidential Pick

In the presidential election, how important is the vice-presidential pick and the subsequent debate? Joe Biden has selected Kamala Harris as his running mate, and…
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election day firsts

Election Day Firsts

The history of elections in the United States is constantly evolving, but here are are some notable firsts: First Packaged Candidate William Henry Harrison was…
Read More
vice president story

The Vice-Presidential Pick

In the presidential election, how important is the vice-presidential pick and the subsequent debate? Joe Biden has selected Kamala Harris as his running mate, and…
Read More

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams (1860-1935)
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