American Experience - Season 15, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

Jimmy Carter: Jimmy Who?


Episode Info

On January 20, 1977, president-elect Jimmy Carter surprised onlookers by walking the length of Pennsylvania Avenue to his inauguration. To many this offered the perfect symbol for the former peanut farmer who would be president. James Earl Carter, Jr. was born in Plains, Georgia on October 1, 1924. A hardworking student, he received an appointment to the United States Navel Academy during World War II. After graduation, he married Rosalynn Smith and pursued a career in the Navy. Following Earl Carter's (Jimmy's father) death in 1953, the couple returned to Plains where they rebuilt the family business into a successful peanut farm. Highly driven, however, Carter soon became restless and decided to run for public office for the first time in 1962. Jimmy Who? offers a fluid overview of these events by combining rare film footage and interviews with friends, colleagues, and historians. The segment climaxes with Carter's attempts to pass legislation during his first year as president.


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