Jimmy Carter Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Kelly Beaty

Kelly has taught fifth grade language arts and adult ESL. She has a master's degree in education and a graduate certificate in TESOL.

Jimmy Carter accomplished many remarkable things during his lifetime. But, he is best known for being the 39th President of the United States. In this lesson, you will learn some facts about the life of Jimmy Carter- before, during, and after his presidency.

President Jimmy Carter

If you have ever heard the name Jimmy Carter, it is most likely because he was the 39th president of the United States. Jimmy is the name he is known by, but his full name is actually James Earl Carter, Jr.

Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter was (and still is) a member of the Democratic party, one of the two main political parties, or groups, in America. (The other one is the Republican Party.)

Jimmy Carter served as president from 1977-1981. These years made him famous, but the years before and after his presidency tell us a lot about the man.

Before His Presidency

Jimmy Carter was born in the small town of Plains, Georgia, in 1924. His mother worked as a nurse, and his father was a peanut farmer and also owned a store and warehouse. He lived in a simple, small-town community that centered on work, church, and doing things to make life better for other people.

Plains, GA

During Jimmy's childhood, America's laws made it so that black and white people attended separate schools, did not eat at the same restaurants, and rarely even attended the same churches. The Carter family did not agree with these laws, and they made a point to treat all people with the respect they deserved. For example, his mother counseled black women on issues dealing with health care. This upbringing helped him to advocate for the improvement of the lives of all people later in his life.

After high school and junior college, Jimmy attended the U.S. Naval Academy and became a lieutenant in the Navy. He and his wife, Rosalyn, left the military and returned to Georgia after Jimmy's father died. They took over the family farming business and spent a lot of time helping their new community to be a better place. In 1971, Jimmy Carter became the 76th governor of Georgia. These roles all helped Jimmy gain the leadership experience needed to become president.

During His Presidency

Jimmy Carter was elected president in November of 1976 and took office in 1977. As president, Jimmy Carter is known for working toward peace among nations and energy conservation. Here are some examples of his accomplishments:

  • He helped the leaders of Egypt and Israel make peace with one another. The agreements they came to are known as the Camp David Accords.
  • He helped to set limits on nuclear weapons through a treaty known as SALT II.
  • He signed a treaty that returned the Panama Canal's control to the country of Panama.
  • Jimmy Carter believed in reducing America's use of oil, natural gas, and coal. The Department of Energy was created during his presidency to help with this goal.

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