Students will determine, evaluate, and then support with evidence if Jimmy Carter's Presidency was a miserable failure or where their outside forces working against him (did events conspire against him)?
Meanwhile, the Democrats chose Jimmy Carter, a former governor of Georgia, on the first ballot after he had won an impressive string of primary victories. Carter, a "born-again" Christian, began running for the nomination as early as 1973. He demonstrated a single-minded devotion to overcome his lack of national recognition. By convention time, he had won eighteen of thirty-one Democratic primaries. Carter promised to create more jobs, establish a humanitarian and moral approach to government, grant amnesty to Vietnam draft evaders, reorganize and trim down the federal bureaucracy, develop a comprehensive energy program, and insure equal rights for the urban and rural poor. Perhaps most significantly, he prided himself on being an "outsider" to Washington politics and created a personal image of one free from Washington political contamination.
Carter won the presidency in a very close election (Popular Vote: Carter-40,828,929 Ford-39,148,940). Carter's stature as an "outsider" turned out to be less an asset in office than it had been in the campaign.