Re-thinking the Carter Presidency, Tuesday, July 10

Instructor:  Bob Rackmales

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Morning snack, bring a bag lunch
  • Class canceled

Was Jimmy Carter a mediocre president or has his contribution been undervalued? The latest survey of rankings of US Presidents by the American Political Science Association lists him in 26th place, one notch below Gerald Ford and only two notches above Calvin Coolidge. However, a landmark new account of the Carter years by Stuart Eizenstat, due to be published in April, has led a number of leading historians to call for a broad reassessment of his legacy.

In addition to incorporating some of the new evidence provided by Eizenstat (who served as Carter’s Chief Domestic Policy Adviser) this course will draw upon material from earlier Senior College courses of mine, including “Maine to Foggy Bottom: Ed Muskie as Secretary of State” and “Human Rights in International Relations”.

Bob Rackmales – “During my 32 year career in the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer I dealt with a number of the issues connected with President Carter, including the stationing of US nuclear weapons in Italy, the expansion of US attention to Africa, and to human rights issues.”