As former President Jimmy Carter retreated to hospice care at his Georgia home at 98, his exemplary legacy of humanitarian work after he left office, which helped millions of people across the globe, is being celebrated.

It is the prelude to the 1976 presidential race, in which he said, “I am a farmer, an engineer, a businessman, a planner, a scientist, a governor and a Christian” that may offer the most insight into how he wants to be remembered, writes University of Tennessee media scholar Lori Amber Roessner, who wrote a book about that campaign and interviewed Carter in 2014.

Roessner found in examining more than 25,000 archival documents, media sources, oral histories and interviews that Carter, as a man of faith, remained steadfast in his commitment to Christian values, which guided his vision on advancing human rights at home and abroad.

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Former President Jimmy Carter has decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care. AP Photo/John Bazemore, File

How Jimmy Carter integrated his evangelical Christian faith into his political work, despite mockery and misunderstanding

Lori Amber Roessner, University of Tennessee

A media scholar who studied Carter and interviewed him explains how he attempted to translate Jesus’ teachings into action through his life of public service.

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