Jimmy Carter
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Jimmy Carter

Citizen of the South

Title Details

Pages: 296

Illustrations: 216 color and b&w images

Trim size: 10.000in x 8.000in



Pub Date: 06/01/2021

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5740-9

List Price: $36.95

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Published in association with Georgia Humanities

Published with the generous support of Bradley Hale Fund for Southern Studies

Jimmy Carter

Citizen of the South

A fresh look at our thirty-ninth president and his legacy

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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.

Kaye Lanning Minchew's Jimmy Carter: Citizen of the South is a touching, thoughtful book that helps even those of us who know Jimmy Carter understand better how the South in general, Georgia, and his hometown of Plains (where he was raised and to which returned after serving as the thirty-ninth president of the United States) provided a grounding for the values that made him one of the most consequential one-term presidents in modern history and the most productive former president in American history. Minchew is to be congratulated for adding an important dimension to our appreciation of the life and times of Jimmy Carter.

—Stuart E. Eizenstat, chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter (1977–1981), author of President Carter: The White House Years

How well do you know Jimmy Carter of Georgia? Who is this extraordinary citizen, politician, husband, father, world figure, and person of faith? If you think you know him, look again. In this remarkable book combining the art of storytelling with photography, the Carter you thought you knew is reborn in every page. And in this pictorial unfolding of a life, we sense an exceptional humanity at work in the world. We need this book, now more than ever.

—Jamil Zainaldin, president emeritus, Georgia Humanities


Award for Excellence in Documenting Georgia's History, Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council

About the Author/Editor

KAYE LANNING MINCHEW was the executive director of the Troup County Historical Society and Archives for more than thirty years. Now retired, she serves as an archival consultant and lives in LaGrange, Georgia.