Conversations with Jimmy Carter
Interviews that capture the complexities and contradictions that have defined Carter's life as a national public figure for the last fifty years—and that have helped to both reflect and shape the highest aspirations of the American experiment
When Jimmy Carter (b. 1924) lost the presidency in 1980, it would have been reasonable to think his public life was coming to an end. The moderate, evangelical, blue-jeans-wearing peanut farmer made an unlikely governor of Georgia, and an even less likely winner of the vicious 1976 Democratic presidential nomination. Coming into an era of American politics where evangelical and rural voters became increasingly identified with the Reagan revolution, and the Democratic Party’s identity became increasingly secular and urban by attrition, he did not fit neatly into the political categories of the emerging decade. But it was not politics that would define President Carter in the end: it would be his humble Christian faith and his enduring commitment to the poor, to peace, and to human rights.
In Conversations with Jimmy Carter, eleven interviews, drawn from Carter’s five decades as a national public figure, capture the complexities and contradictions that have defined him—and that have helped to both reflect and shape the highest aspirations of the American experiment.