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|JIMMY CARTER for PRESIDENT in '76
Photograph of Jimmy Carter in center, white text on a green border around edge of button.
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Jimmy Carter is a former senator, governor, and 39th president of the United States. He ran for president in the 1976 election against Republican Gerald Ford. Before the election, President Carter was relatively unknown outside of Georgia. He ran as the underdog and Washington outsider who would be a good change for America.
Overall, Carter's presidency was marked by inflation, recession, and an energy crisis. However, he did fulfill some campaign promises, particularly that of pardoning Vietnam War draft evaders. One of the most notable events of his presidency was the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, during which 52 Americans (both citizens and diplomats) were held hostage for over a year.
Christen and Joel Carter got this button signed by Jimmy Carter at this event in Chicago: https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150701/hyde-park/jimmy-carter-visit-hyde-park-for-book-signing. Their first attempt was thwarted by his handlers but they tried again about an hour later. His people said that "he is only signing his book" (paraphrased) but Jimmy motioned them in and he signed it.