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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

Kate Kelly

U.S. War Dogs in the Pacific Theater

Devil Dogs was a term first used by the Germans to describe the U.S. Marines in World War I. They were such fierce fighters at the Battle of Belleau Woods … U.S. War Dogs in the Pacific Theater 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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Gettysburg Cyclorama

The Gettysburg Cyclorama: The Movie of Its Day

Most of us love going to the movies. Whether we are there to be entertained, enlightened, or to be exposed to other worlds, we love sitting in the darkened theater … The Gettysburg Cyclorama: The Movie of Its Day Read More »
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Gas Station to Gas Empire: Gilmore

In the 1870s, Arthur Gilmore and Julius Carter first met in Southern California where they were both prospecting for gold. As it became clear that their “get rich quick” plan … Gas Station to Gas Empire: Gilmore Read More »
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Reckless

Reckless: The Horse That Was a Marine

One of America’s heroes in the Korean War was a horse that was a Marine. With no rider and no escort, the horse—called Reckless—carried munitions to American soldiers on the … Reckless: The Horse That Was a Marine Read More »
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Eugene Bullard

Eugene Bullard, First Black Military Pilot

Eugene Bullard was the world’s first black military pilot, but he didn’t fly for his own country. He was born in the United States–Columbus, Georgia–in 1895 and fought for France … Eugene Bullard, First Black Military Pilot Read More »
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On
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Day

On August 5, 1858, the first telegraph line across the Atlantic Ocean was completed, largely through the efforts of American merchant Cyrus West Field. The telegraph was developed in the 1830s by Samuel F. B. Morse, and the first telegram in the U.S. was sent in 1844. In 1854, Cyrus West Field took the invention a step further by developing a way that a cable could be laid on the ocean floor.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams (1860-1935)
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