Chronicling the life and times of former President Jimmy Carter is a formidable task, but the American Experience Web site established to complement the new documentary about his life offers a valuable introduction to this former peanut farmer turned global humanitarian and peace maker. Not surprisingly, the site contains a substantial amount of coverage about the Camp David Accords and the Iranian hostage crisis, two events that seem to define his time in the Oval Office. The Camp David's Legacy feature contains commentary on this historic summit meeting by political scientist Betty Glad, and 444 Days: America Reacts has media coverage (including video clips) of these traumatic events. More basic information about President Carter's life is provided in a timeline, along with a photo gallery. The site concludes with a brief essay of President Carter's many contributions to humankind in the twenty years since he left the presidency.
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