American Presidents

More about Jimmy Carter

  • When he was president, the United States boycotted the Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.
  • As First Lady, Rosalynn Carter served as the Presidentís personal emissary to Latin American countries. She focused national attention on the performing arts, and took strong interest in programs to aid mental health, the community and the elderly.
  • During his presidency, 50 Americans were taken hostage by Iran and freed the day that his successor, Ronald Reagan, was inaugurated.
  • "The passage of the civil rights act during the 1960s was the greatest thing to happen to the South in my lifetime. It lifted a burden from the whites as well as the blacks."

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