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Jimmy Carter, Former President and Humanitarian

November 02, 2011
by findingDulcinea Staff
Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer and one-term Georgia governor who unexpectedly ascended to the presidency in 1980. Taking office during a turbulent time in the nation’s history, Carter served just one ineffective term, but in his post-presidency life he has become a respected humanitarian and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Biographical Resources for Jimmy Carter

The New Georgia Encyclopedia presents a biography of Carter written by Georgia State University professor Gary M. Fink.

The PBS American Experience documentary on Carter can be watched online in its entirety.

Resources for Studying Carter’s Presidency

The University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs describes Carter’s rise to the presidency, his actions as president and his legacy. It also presents an archive of his speeches and offers an extensive oral history interview with Carter conducted in 1982.

The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum holds a large collection of presidential documents, photographs, oral history interviews, and other information on Carter’s personal and political life.

The American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara holds the most easily accessible collection of Carter’s public papers, which include speeches, press conferences, public statements and other material released during his presidency.

Carter’s Post-Presidency Life

Carter founded the Carter Center in 1982 to advance Carter’s human rights undertakings. Learn about the Center’s mission and programs at its official site.

Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.” Read the introduction speech describing his accomplishment and his Nobel lecture at the Nobel Foundation site.

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