Citizen of the South
Illustrations: 216 color and b&w images
Trim size: 10.000in x 8.000in
Pub Date: 06/01/2021
List Price: $34.95
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Published in association with Georgia Humanities
Published with the generous support of Bradley Hale Fund for Southern Studies
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Citizen of the South
A fresh look at our thirty-ninth president and his legacy
Jimmy Carter: Citizen of the South uses oral histories and more than 215 photographs to look at the life of the former president and how the South nurtured him, provided a launching pad for his political career, and supported the various activities of his post-presidency. Even people very familiar with Carter will gain a greater appreciation for the breadth of civic, religious, and charitable ventures the president has engaged in since leaving office.
Georgia and the South have shaped much of his life and beliefs. Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, grew up in Plains. Although military service led him to leave the area for eleven years, upon returning, he farmed and ran a peanut warehouse while he and Rosalynn raised their family. In 1962, he won election to the Georgia Senate and became governor eight years later. With the assistance of many Georgians, he became president of the United States in 1977.
After losing his bid for reelection, Carter returned home to Plains, where southerners welcomed him and his wife back and supported their new endeavors. Carter established the Carter Presidential Library and the Carter Center in Atlanta and became a professor at Emory University. He has occasionally commented about world events and periodically meets with fellow presidents and governors. He taught Sunday school at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains for four decades and has engaged in humanitarian programs such as Habitat for Humanity around the country and the world, continuing to educate and inspire generations of philanthropic activists.
With this informative history, Kaye Lanning Minchew illuminates Carter’s past, present, and his enduring legacy, adding to our understanding of his impact on both national and international concerns.
—Stuart E. Eizenstat, chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter (1977–1981), author of President Carter: The White House Years
—Jamil Zainaldin, president emeritus, Georgia Humanities
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