Jimmy Carter's Crisis of Confidence Speech
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Title: Crisis of Confidence (1979)
Sender: Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter (b. 1924) is an American politician who served as the 39th president of the United States. Carter was elected in 1976 and was part of the Democratic party. At the time of his election, the United States was going through high levels of inflation and low unemployment. The 1979 energy crisis only worsened these issues. In his “Crisis of Confidence” speech, Carter announces the measures he wants to establish to address the energy crisis. Carter’s presidency is viewed as below-average by political scientists as he failed to turn many of his ideas into laws. However, he is popular for founding the Carter Center, a non-governmental organization concerned with promoting human rights, and he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
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