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How to elect a president: Jimmy Carter, two South Georgia political novices, and the unpredictable road to the White House
Carter’s ascent from peanut farmer to president was engineered by a couple of political novices barely in their 30s: Hamilton Jordan, who served as campaign manager, and Jody Powell, a media liaison who would become press secretary. Without their audacious tactics, there would have been no President Jimmy Carter.
John Lewis likes to remind supporters to never give up. In January 1977, after President Jimmy Carter appointed then U.S. Rep. Andrew Young to be ambassador to the United Nations, Lewis joined a dozen candidates vying to replace Young. Come election night, Lewis lost to fellow Democrat Wyche Fowler. “Two months ago, nobody knew who John Lewis was. This is only the beginning.” Elected to the House in 1986, Lewis began his 17th term in January.
On July 24, inside the Carter Center's Cecil B. Day chapel overlooking Freedom Parkway and the downtown skyline, Jimmy Carter’s earnest roundtable discussions with around 70 human rights defenders and religious leaders from 36...
Dr. Donald Hopkins helped wipe smallpox from the planet. He won’t rest until he’s done the same for Guinea worm disease.
As special advisor for Guinea worm eradication at the Atlanta-based Carter Center, Hopkins insists the end is close and says he won’t retire until Guinea worm is completely wiped from the planet. “There’s no way I can stop,” he says. “I've got the tiger by the tail and I can’t let go.”
At a 2015 press conference discussing his cancer diagnosis, former President Jimmy Carter joked that “I’d like to see the last Guinea worm die before I do.” Now, two years later, the Carter Center has announced that they remain on the cusp of wiping the disease from the planet.
A largely rural expanse extending from the peaks of the Pine Mountain Range to the farmlands of Plains, west Georgia is known for its pine forests, pecan groves, and peanut fields. It’s also linked to two American presidents with deep ties to this land. The personal histories of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter are central to the story of the region, so much so that the area is known as Presidential Pathways.
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The weekend after Jimmy Carter's cancer diagnosis announcement, 1,300 people arrived for Sunday school. “It was a shock,” says Plains Trading Post owner Philip Kurland. “It was busier than the Plains Peanut Festival, which normally is the most busy weekend in Plains. We have had no slow season this year.”
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