Who Is James E. Carter?

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Crooks, crises, China - what's a peanut farmer to do? Mr. Carter endured humiliation, made mistakes, yet achieved many good things and was considered a decent man. Learn more about the 39th president!


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James E. (Jimmy) Carter was the 39th president of the United States and was known as the Peanut President! He was born to a wealthy peanut farmer, and he even ran the peanut farm after his father passed away. He became a millionaire from the peanut industry. Discover what other interesting facts there are about the 39th president of the United States.

Jimmy Carter attended many colleges — four to be exact — and served in the U.S. Navy.

Although he was well educated, many historians and Americans were not impressed with him as a president because he didn't lead with much conviction, nor was he anxious to work with others. According to The Miller Center at the University of Virginia, "Jimmy Carter's one-term presidency is remembered for the events that overwhelmed it—inflation, energy crisis, war in Afghanistan, and hostages in Iran."

During President Carter's one term as commander-in-chief, the Iran Hostage Crisis was the biggest event in America. It was a time of uncertainty and fear for people — especially the hostages being held by the Iranians, as well as for the American people as a whole. Understanding the crisis helps us understand public opinion of President Carter.

As you learn about the Iran Hostage Crisis, create a summary to teach your teacher or parent. Read the summary article, US History, Iran Hostage Crisis, by Ducksters, for a better basic understanding of the crisis. To understand this event, it is important to know what a U.S. embassy and what its purpose is.

United States embassies are places situated all over the world in many other countries where the U.S. houses an ambassador and his or her staff. An ambassador is a U.S. representative who creates peace and positive relationships with that country, and oversees the relationship between the U.S. and that country.

President Carter is often blamed for the Iran Crisis. Do you believe he is to blame? Do you think he could have handled the situation differently? Consider this as you learn about Carter's presidency and legacy.

Take notes of at least four to six facts about Jimmy Carter as you watch this President Jimmy Carter Biography*** video from the American Presidents series. Also, read the article 10 fascinating facts about former President Jimmy Carter from the National Constitution Center.

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Your list of facts will be used in the Got It? section to create an essay and learn more about President Carter. See how many facts you think are crucial to know about the Peanut President!

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