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Kate Kelly
Kate Kelly is author of Election Day: An American Holiday, an American History as well as a six-volume history of medicine. On her website, America Comes Alive!, she chronicles stories of America's past that are relevant to life today. Kate frequently addresses civic groups, and she has been quoted in publications such as Time and The Wall Street Journal and has appeared on World News Tonight, Good Morning America, The View, and The CBS Early Show.

Entries by Kate Kelly

Sylvia Robinson: Pioneering Record Producer, Ushered in Era of Rap

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 12:26 PM

Sylvia Robinson (1936-2011) was a singer, composer, and record producer who brought rap music out of the New York City clubs and popularized what was a new genre of music by forming the Sugarhill Gang.

"Rapper's Delight" was the group's first recording, and the record sold more than eight...

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Alpha Kappa Alpha, First Greek-Letter Sorority for African-American Women, Celebrates 107 Years and Still Counting

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 11:29 AM

A human need shared by all is "to belong."

Whether it was gathering for a quilting bee, meeting at a local tavern, going to religious services regularly, or in more modern day, joining clubs like Rotary or Kiwanis, these gatherings offer opportunities for people with like minds to get...

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12 Pets of Christmas: Those Who Need Homes

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 10:21 AM

Michelson Found Animals in Los Angeles has dedicated Christmas 2014 to honoring the "underdogs" and cats that are often overlooked in the adoption process.

According to Found Animals, the pets that are particularly hard to place include all-black animals, adult cats, senior animals, those in need of...

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Black Film Trailblazer's Story from 1920s Told in New Film

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 1:19 PM

When he found the story of a little-known but highly successful black filmmaker from the 1920s, music producer Bayer Mack knew he had to correct history. Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood is the result of Mack's work. The film tells an important story and places race relations and...

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Pearl Harbor Remembered in Scrapbook Form

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 1:54 PM

The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941 -- a Sunday morning. Hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii.

The onslaught lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy...

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New Stonewall Jackson Biography by Award-Winning Author S.C. Gwynne

(6) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 8:51 AM

"Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy" were the words that drove Stonewall Jackson, one of the most famous generals in the Civil War's Confederate Army. S.C. Gwynne's new book, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, tells Jackson's story in an engaging narrative with a pace...

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Louisa May Alcott's House: Telling the Story

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Orchard House -- as Louisa May Alcott's home in Concord, Massachusetts is known -- is remarkable for many reasons. Most notably it is a historic site dedicated to a woman who is not only beloved today but who was famous in her own day.

While there are a good...

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Bestselling Author Jesmyn Ward and NYT Columnist Charles M. Blow Talk Writing at L.A. Library

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 1:10 PM

"Through Trying Times: Stories of Loss and Redemption in the American South," featuring bestselling author Jesmyn Ward and New York Times columnist Charles Blow was part of the Los Angeles Public Library [ALOUD] program. The event was held last week and was sponsored by the Library Foundation of L.A.

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Outdoor Cat Population in L.A. Is the Focus of an Awareness Program

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:58 PM

Over 1 million outdoor cats roam Los Angeles -- a statistic not known to most people because feral or stray cats are good at finding places to tuck themselves away so the public never senses the magnitude of the problem.

In New York, one woman has been running a...

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Royalties, New Novel by Andy Marx

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 12:50 PM

Andy Marx's new book, Royalties, makes for a fun summer reading experience. The book is historic fiction but the term feels like a bit of a misnomer as the historic period is not all that far in the past. The era and subjects covered begin in the early...

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Service Dogs in the Workplace: How to Make It Work

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Employers often don't have the necessary information on how to deal with employees who require assistance dogs. In addition to needing to understand how to integrate the dog into a work setting, employers have concerns about how other employees will react. What if someone is allergic? Fearful of dogs? What...

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New L.A. Museum Draws Attention to Animal Rights

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 5:01 PM

The National Museum of Animals & Society, a new museum in Los Angeles, has been featuring an active roster of exhibits and events focused on representing the animal protection movement.

"Other social movements---women's suffrage, civil rights, various labor movements--have museums, or sections of museums, dedicated to their...

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New Documentary About Black Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 8:50 PM

Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951), the son of former slaves, lived a remarkable life. He was a homesteader in South Dakota, a bestselling author of seven novels, and a filmmaker who went on to make 44 "race films," the term used for a genre of films made for black audiences with all-black...

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Remembering Military Heroes: Brothers Forever

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 12:25 PM

"Brotherhood. Sacrifice. Love of Country." These were the words of President Barack Obama when he visited the graves of 1st Lt. Travis Manion (1980-2007) and Lt. Brendan Looney (1981-2010) on Memorial Day 2011. The two Annapolis graduates had been roommates, and this pairing formed a lasting relationship and a tight...

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Marmee and Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 1:33 PM

In Marmee and Louisa: The Untold Story, author Eve LaPlante tells both Louisa May Alcott's story as well as that of her mother, Abigail. Readers come away with an entirely new view of the Alcott family, and a better understanding of the parental influence on the woman who was to...

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Disneynature Film Bears Opens Friday, April 18

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Disneynature Bears is a perfect film for the whole family, particularly if you have young ones with an interest in science and nature. This film, the fifth theatrical release from the Disneynature division, transports viewers to parts of Alaska that most of us will never visit and puts us up...

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Book on World War II Sheds Light on Combat Stress

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 5:36 PM

In her book, Hidden Legacy of WWII: A Daughter's Journey of Discovery, author Carol Schultz Vento makes the compelling point that most books about World War II veterans have left an important part of the story untold. Little is said about the soldiers for whom it wasn't a "good war."...

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Elizabeth Thorn: Pregnant and Burying the Dead at Gettysburg

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 11:54 AM

During the Civil War, Elizabeth Thorn (1832-1907) was one of the many wives in both the North and the South who were left with the responsibility of keeping the family together and running the farm or the family business while their spouses went off to fight. Thorn's husband was caretaker...

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Guernsey Evacuees in World War II: A Forgotten Group, Their Story Told in a Worthwhile Book

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 2:15 PM

Upon hearing mention of the isle of Guernsey, most readers' minds will immediately jump to the pleasurable time they spent reading Mary Ann Shaffer's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, published in 2008.

As it happens, Shaffer's book takes place at the same time as Gillian Mawson's...

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Eddie Anderson Broke Racial Barriers With Role of 'Rochester' on The Jack Benny Program

(10) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 5:36 PM

The year was 1937, and the first role offered Eddie Anderson on The Jack Benny Program on radio was that of a Pullman porter. It was to be a one-time part, but there was something about the gravely-voiced African-American actor that led the producers to use him again -- first...

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