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The Election of 1976 and the Administration of Jimmy Carter

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In 1976 the United States celebrated its bieentennial. Unfortunately, there was little else to celebrate. The country was still reeling from the Watergate scandal, which had resulted in the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon two years earlier, and the economy suffered from "stagflation" -- a combination of a high rate of unemployment and rising inflation. Georgia's Democratic governor, James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, presented himself as a Washington "outsider" compared to incumbent Gerald Ford, who had ...
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Overview

In 1976 the United States celebrated its bieentennial. Unfortunately, there was little else to celebrate. The country was still reeling from the Watergate scandal, which had resulted in the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon two years earlier, and the economy suffered from "stagflation" -- a combination of a high rate of unemployment and rising inflation. Georgia's Democratic governor, James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, presented himself as a Washington "outsider" compared to incumbent Gerald Ford, who had pardoned Nixon for all crimes related to Watergate. In The Election of 1976 and the Administration of Jimmy Carter, historian Leo P. Ribuffo explains how Carter defeated Ford in a close race.

A discussion of the presidential election of 1976 and the subsequent administration of Jimmy Carter, based on source documents.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The Election of 1976 17
Facts at a Glance 34
Nixon Resigns the Presidency 39
Ford's Remarks on Becoming President 45
Ford's Pardon of Nixon 49
Ford Accepts the Nomination 53
Carter Accepts the Nomination 63
Carter's Inaugural Address 73
First State of the Union Address 79
Carter Speaks on the Panama Canal 87
Carter Announces the Camp David Accords 97
"Crisis of Confidence" Speech 101
Failure of the Hostage Rescue Mission 109
President Carter's Farewell Address 113
Further Reading 120
Index 122
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