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Interview with Jimmy Carter, February 21, 2014

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: I'm Sybil Carter and today I'm talking with President Jimmy Carter.

Segment Synopsis: Sybil Carter introduces Jimmy Carter.

Keywords: Plains Historic Inn

00:00:32 - History of Plains, GA

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Partial Transcript: I just have a few questions I'd like to ask and hope that, um, we can get some good answers that are going to be interesting, so dig deep and think hard about some of these questions, okay?

Segment Synopsis: Carter discusses the renovation of the Plains Historic Inn & Antique Mall and other historic buildings in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. He talks about the consolidation of several communities into the town of Plains in the 1880s.

Keywords: 1800s; 1900s; Antiques; Better Hometown Association; Billy Carter Service Station; Cotton; Fertilizer; Peanuts; Plains Depot; Plains Historic Inn; Presidential campaign; Undertaker

00:05:10 - Childhood on the farm

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Partial Transcript: Let's look at, uh, you as a young man or a young boy. What did you do for fun growing up on the farm?

Segment Synopsis: Carter describes his early life on his family's farm outside of Plains. He discusses growing up during the Depression and his mother's efforts to help itinerant workers.

Keywords: African American; Agriculture; Archery, Georgia; Crops; Fishing; Great Depression; Hobos; Hunting; Race; Religion; Rural; Seaboard Airline Railroad; Sports; U.S. 280

00:10:58 - Memories of mother and father

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Partial Transcript: Speaking of your mama, can you tell me what you admired most about Miss Lillian? And then your dad.

Segment Synopsis: Carter talks about his mother's work as a registered nurse. He describes his parents' views on race. He discusses his relationship with his father.

Keywords: African American; Archery, Georgia; Hunting; James Carter Sr.; Lillian Carter; Nursing; Poverty; Religion; Rural healthcare; Segregationist; Tennis; Wise Sanitarium

00:14:58 - Relationships with siblings

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Partial Transcript: Speaking of, uh, your sisters and your brother--was there ever a sense of competitiveness amongst you growing up?

Segment Synopsis: Carter comments on his relationship with his siblings, particularly his sister, Gloria. He describes his family as close-knit.

Keywords: Billy Carter; Competition; Gloria Carter; Ruth Carter

00:17:04 - Carter's family today

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Partial Transcript: Speaking of children, I know you have a lot of grandchildren. What's your, what's your favorite way to spend time with them?

Segment Synopsis: Carter discusses his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He talks about taking vacations with his entire family after Christmas every year.

Keywords: Atlanta, Georgia; Family; Farm life; Plains, Georgia; Rosalynn Carter

00:19:43 - Relationship with Rosalynn

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Partial Transcript: Now, this is a question about you and Rosalynn.

Segment Synopsis: Carter talks about his life with his wife, Rosalynn.

Keywords: Bible; Hobbies; Marriage; Rosalynn Carter; Sharing Good Times

00:21:41 - Advice for aspiring politicians

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Partial Transcript: Turning to, um, your years as president, what advice would you give young people today, uh, that would aspire to be president?

Segment Synopsis: Carter explains the importance of being involved in various communities and organizations for anyone interested in public office.

Keywords: Boy Scouts; Lyons Club; Politics; Public office

00:23:34 - Relationship with Billy

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Partial Transcript: I, I can't leave here today without asking you to give me your fondest memory of, of my favorite Carter, Billy.

Segment Synopsis: Carter describes his personal and work relationship with his younger brother, Billy.

Keywords: Betting; Billy Carter; Brother; Carter's Warehouse; Competition; Farm; Navy; Softball; U.S. Marine Corps

00:26:39 - Habitat for Humanity

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Partial Transcript: I know that, that you have worked with Habitat for Humanity for 30 years now.

Segment Synopsis: Carter talks about Habitat for Humanity and a particular build for a family in the Philippines.

Keywords: Philippines; Presidents; Volunteers

00:28:44 - Inauguration and Egypt-Israel Treaty

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell me what you were thinking when you walked down Pennsylvania Avenue the day of the inauguration?

Segment Synopsis: Carter describes his memories from his Inauguration Day. He explains that his success in negotiating the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel was one of his biggest achievements while in office.

Keywords: 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty; Assassinations; Billy Carter; Camp David Accords; Georgia Tech; Jody Powell; Lillian Carter; Limousine; Vietnam War

00:32:17 - Plains as historic site

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Partial Transcript: This has been a good visit today. I've enjoyed it so much. Can--you think of anything else that you would like to add?

Segment Synopsis: Carter talks about the historic preservation of Plains and his childhood home and encourages tourists to visit. Interview concludes.

Keywords: Archery, Georgia; Hospitality; National Historic Site; National Park Service