When Georgian Jimmy Carter won the presidential race, no politician from the Deep South had been elected since Four out of every five Black voters reportedly backed Carter and, decades later, when the country welcomed its first Black president, Carter continued to speak out about race relations in America. His record on civil rights before and after entering the White House reveal why Carter long garnered support from communities of color. His pro-integration stance did not prevent him from serving two terms as state senator, but his views may have hurt his gubernatorial bid. When he ran for governor in , an outpouring of segregationists turned out to the polls to elect Jim Crow supporter Lester Maddox. When he became governor the following year, he announced that the time had come to end segregation.
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Michael Schaub. Like many well-worn bromides, there's a grain of truth to it: He left the Oval Office with dismal approval ratings, but in the 40 years since, he's developed a reputation as one of the country's most beloved humanitarians. But the truth, argues Jonathan Alter in his new biography of the former president, His Very Best, is more complicated. Carter was "a surprisingly consequential president — a political and stylistic failure but a substantive and far-sighted success" whose personality is deeper than his reputation as a modest, timid and somewhat prude Southern gentleman might suggest. Alter makes his case convincingly his fifth book — and his best one to date.
Former President Jimmy Carter Is Still Building His Legacy, One Home at a Time
In a time of Trumpian chaos the biographer says the 39th president, now 96, should be celebrated for his intelligence. Millions are feeling it and looking for escape. Jonathan Alter found his in the life and times of another president: Jimmy Carter.
Mr Carter was on the show to promote his new book titled A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety in which he discussed the role of his faith in his political life. The Democratic former peanut farmer has described himself as a born-again Christian in the past and noted on the programme that churches which do not approve of gay marriage should be required to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. These include, but are not limited to, allowing pharmacists to deny patients prescriptions to terminate a pregnancy if it goes against their faith and requiring physicians who perform such procedures to partner with doctors who are able to practice at a hospital near the abortion facility and who are willing to take on the risk, a combination hard to find in those states. Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies.