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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. Kate Kelly

African-American Leaders

Black History Month: A Time to Recognize Little-Known Contributions

If journalism is the first draft of history, then it only makes sense that our story is constantly being re-drafted as new elements are discovered... continue »

Pools and Politics

Last week I wrote about baseball catcher Roy Campanella. Reading his autobiography sent me in search of who, what, when, where, and why about the... continue »

Baseball and Politics: A Reminder of a Time They Intersected

Every now and then a great gift falls in one's lap unexpectedly. My most recent gift came in the form of a book, a sports... continue »

A Moment in Time: Education for Southern Blacks, 1940

Learning a little sometimes reveals a lot. Tuesday night I attended a screening of a recently discovered film from 1940 that was thought to have... continue »

Jackie Robinson: Barred from Flying to First Spring Training

We often read about Rosa Parks' bravery in refusing to give up her bus seat to a white person in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, but... continue »