|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 036 Chip Carter, III|
|Creator||Carter, James Earl III, 1950-|
|Dates||2008 June 23|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Carter discusses his life as the son of President Jimmy Carter, from campaigning for his father to establishing free elections in Liberia. Throughout his life, he was active in many of his father’s affairs, from the peanut business to political campaigns and the Carter Center. He was also a member of the Plains City Council and the Democratic National Committee.|
Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 036, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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James Earl “Chip” Carter III was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on April 12, 1950. He was raised in Plains, Georgia, and is the son of President Jimmy Carter. He was active in his father’s peanut business and political campaigns, and was a member of the Plains City Council and the Democratic National Committee. In 2000, Carter became president of Friendship Force, an international exchange program founded by the Carters in 1977.
Carter discusses growing up in the tight-knit community of Plains, Georgia, observing his father's protestations of racism, and his memories of his father's family including siblings Ruth, Walter, and Gloria. He further talks about his personal and political relationship with his father, including Chip's assistance in his father's campaigns for 14th Congressional District, the multiple Gubernatorial campaigns, and the campaign for President. Carter speaks of the integration of his high school, Plains High School, which occurred without violence. He attributes this, in part, due to his father's influence in the community, including teaching Sunday school for many years. Other topics include Presidential campaign strategy during his father's 1976 campaign. Carter lists his father's supporters in Washington, D.C. such as Hamilton Jordon, Bob Strauss, Bert Lance, Jack Watson, Charlie Kirbo, David Gambrell, and (questionably) Griffin Bell. He speaks of how the Iran hostage crisis influenced his father's career. Carter also discusses the ease of dating in the White House, his relationship with Secret Service agent, and his time working for the Carter Center in Sudan.