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Road Trip: West Georgia

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.
Jimmy Carter Sunday School Plains Georgia

Pilgrimage to Plains: The faithful come from around the world to hear Jimmy Carter preach

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.”
Hamilton Jordan Boy from Georgia

In a new memoir, Hamilton Jordan recalls how a visit from Martin Luther King Jr. changed his views

At the age of 17, during the following winter, I saw King’s first march in Albany. Despite pleas in the Albany Herald for its white readers to refrain from glorifying these “trouble-makers and outside agitators,” my father surprised me by inviting me to go downtown with him one Saturday morning to witness King’s first march.
Michelle Nunn

Global players: 9 Atlantans in charge on the world scene

Including Jimmy Carter, Michelle Nunn, David Perdue, and more
Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter begins battle with brain cancer: ‘This is not a eulogy in any way,’ says his grandson

Former U.S. president is “perfectly at ease” with whatever happens next in his fight against cancer.
Jimmy Carter A Full Life

The First Campaign: An excerpt from Jimmy Carter’s new memoir, A Full Life

I decided to run for office in 1962, after the Supreme Court ruled in Baker v. Carr that all votes had to be weighted as equally as possible. This resulted in the termination of Georgia’s “county unit” system, where some rural votes equaled 100 votes in urban areas.

Jason Carter: The Inevitable Candidate

Jason Carter has smarts, charisma, and an incomparable pedigree. He also has just four years in elected office, and he’s running for governor in a state that has little tolerance for his political party. Can a man who’s been building the resume for this campaign since he was a teenager save the Democrats in Georgia?

Jimmy Carter musical to premiere off-Broadway

A few years ago, Isaac Hopkins was browsing Wikipedia when he came across an entry for the 1969 “Jimmy Carter UFO Incident.” As many people presumably would, Hopkins found the notion of the then-gubernatorial candidate seeing a UFO in Leary, Georgia, before addressing a Lions Club International meeting hilarious. His next reaction was a little less conventional: “This could be a musical.”

Hashtag of the Year: Atlanta History Center’s #wouldagrammed

Why lefties should follow Erick Erickson's tweets, why conservatives should listen to James E. Carter IV, and three reasons to pony up for the AJC's paywall. Also, the year's best Instagram hashtag is historic.

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