The physical connections to most American presidents are deeply rooted in the past and unfamiliar. One can no longer see Washington's birthplace or William Henry Harrison's log cabin. Plains, Georgia, is different, and the attachment Americans have for it remains truly unique. Jimmy Carter in Plains: A Presidential Hometown tells the inspirational story of how one man and his community transformed a nation. When Jimmy Carter, a one-term governor of Georgia, announced his candidacy for president, few took him seriously. Yet, in just two years, he managed to pull off a spectacular and unprecedented victory, thanks to his personal style of politicking and the support of his hometown. Many of his neighbors campaigned for him, and they became known as the "Peanut Brigade." Crowds started to flock to the sleepy hamlet of Plains, making celebrities out of the candidate's mother, younger brother, and daughter. The exceptional photographs of Charles W. Plant guide the reader through the 1976 election, which made Plains "America's hometown."
About the Author
Robert Buccellato is a noted historian and author of Florida Governors: Lasting Legacies. He lives in Crawfordville, Florida, with his wife, Stephanie.
Table of Contents
1 Jimmy Who? 9
2 Home of the Next President 21
3 A Bicentennial Election 41
4 Plains Goes to DC 63
5 A National Park 79
About the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site 95