Jimmy Carter (The American Presidents, #39) by Julian E. ZelizerThe maverick politician from Georgia who rode the post- Watergate wave into office but whose term was consumed by economic and international crises
A peanut farmer from Georgia, Jimmy Carter rose to national power through mastering the strategy of the maverick politician. As the face of the New South, Carters strongest support emanated from his ability to communicate directly to voters who were disaffected by corruption in politics.
But running as an outsider was easier than governing as one, as Princeton historian Julian E. Zelizer shows in this examination of Carters presidency. Once in power, Carter faced challenges sustaining a strong political coalition, as he focused on policies that often antagonized key Democrats, whose support he desperately needed. By 1980, Carter stood alone in the Oval Office as he confronted a battered economy, soaring oil prices, American hostages in Iran, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Carters unpopularity enabled Ronald Reagan to achieve a landslide victory, ushering in a conservative revolution. But during Carters post-presidential career, he has emerged as an important voice for international diplomacy and negotiation, remaking his image as a statesman for our time.
Today we celebrate the 94th birthday of former President Jimmy Carter. The Plains, Georgia native is certainly unique in comparison with other Presidents. Carter, the only United States Naval Academy graduate to be elected to the White House, endured a roller-coaster four years in office. But much of his public career began after leaving Washington, D. The future President graduated in the top 10 percent of his class in , and he and his new wife, Rosalynn, moved frequently as his Navy assignments changed. Carter gave up his military career to save the family peanut farm.
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Jimmy Carter was the 39th president of the United States, serving from to Here are 10 key and interesting facts about him and his time as president. His father was a farmer and a local public official. Jimmy grew up working in the fields. Naval Academy in
Born on October 1, , in Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter was the 39th president of the United States and served as the nation's chief executive during a time of serious problems at home and abroad. Carter's perceived mishandling of these issues led to defeat in his bid for reelection. He later turned to diplomacy and advocacy, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in
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Early life and political career
The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world. Great is the hand that holds dominion over Man by a scribbled name., James Earl Carter Jr. A member of the Democratic Party , he previously served as a Georgia State Senator from to and as the 76th Governor of Georgia from to
Bridging the gap between the often-maligned Gerald Ford and the drug-busting Ronald Reagan was Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States and one of the most esteemed humanitarians ever to hold the office. His family relocated to Archery, Georgia—a town that relied chiefly on mule-drawn wagons for transportation—when Carter was 4. Indoor plumbing and electricity were rare. To pass time, Carter typically listened to entertainment shows on a battery-operated radio with his father. After graduating from the U.
Jimmy Carter's one-term presidency is remembered for the events that overwhelmed it—inflation, energy crisis, war in Afghanistan, and hostages in Iran. After one term in office, voters strongly rejected Jimmy Carter's honest but gloomy outlook in favor of Ronald Reagan's telegenic optimism. In the past two decades, however, there has been wider recognition that Carter, despite a lack of experience, confronted several huge problems with steadiness, courage, and idealism. Along with his predecessor Gerald Ford, Carter must be given credit for restoring the balance to the constitutional system after the excesses of the Johnson and Nixon "imperial presidency. Julian E. Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton, discusses his book on Jimmy Carter.
His perceived inability to deal successfully with those problems led to an overwhelming defeat in his bid for reelection. However, for his work in diplomacy and advocacy , both during and after his presidency, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America. The son of Earl Carter, a peanut warehouser who had served in the Georgia state legislature, and Lillian Gordy Carter, a registered nurse who went to India as a Peace Corps volunteer at age 68, Carter attended Georgia Southwestern College and the Georgia Institute of Technology before graduating from the U. Naval Academy at Annapolis , Maryland, in