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Jimmy Carter(16 Photos)
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Ronald Reagan(19 Photos)
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1970sVideo Clip (2:35)
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The 1970s are famous for bell-bottoms and the rise of disco, but it was also an era of economic struggle, cultural change and technological innovation.
The Great Communicator
The Great CommunicatorVideo Clip (4:18)
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Ronald Reagan galvanized the American public through his famous speeches that helped redefine American politics in the 1980s.
Reagan and the 1980 Debates
Reagan and the 1980 DebatesVideo Clip (3:16)
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The closing arguments all but determined the winner during the 1980 presidential debates between President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
Jimmy Carter on Terrorism
Jimmy Carter on TerrorismVideo Clip (2:24)
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During the Iranian hostage crisis, President Jimmy Carter states his commitment against terrorism during a Barbara Walters interview, in this History Channel video. He named other acts of terrorism against Jews in France and Israel.
There You Go Again
There You Go AgainVideo Clip (5:13)
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Jimmy Carter unsuccessfully attempts to play into the uncertainty that the American public had for Ronald Reagan, during a debate on October 28, 1980.
Reagan: Don't Negotiate with Terrorists
Reagan: Don't Negotiate with TerroristsVideo Clip (0:37)
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The strategic defense initiative is outlined by President Ronald Reagan as he discusses his foreign policy position to halt terrorism.
Inaugural Address: Ronald Reagan
Inaugural Address: Ronald ReaganVideo Clip (2:34)
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Excerpts from Ronald Reagon's inaugural address on Tuesday, January 20, 1981.
Jimmy Carter vs. 'Killer Rabbit'
Jimmy Carter vs. 'Killer Rabbit'Video Clip (1:03)
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Timothy Dickinson tells us the story of Jimmy Carter vs the killer rabbit.
Carter on the Persian Gulf 1980
Carter on the Persian Gulf 1980Video Clip (1:00)
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President Jimmy Carter in this address says the Soviet Union and the Persian Gulf are threats to our security, in this History Channel video. He said we should address these issues peacefully.
Campaign Spot: Jimmy Carter's Bio (1976)
Campaign Spot: Jimmy Carter's Bio (1976)Video Clip (4:24)
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Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter was a Washington outsider, a position he stressed during his campaign.
Campaign Spot: Southerner Jimmy Carter (1976)
Campaign Spot: Southerner Jimmy Carter (1976)Video Clip (0:49)
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Carter reminds his fellow southerners that there had not been a president from the deep South since 1848, in a radio commercial meant to appeal to the deep South. Ultimately Carter won this region, but Ford got more white southern votes.
Speeches & Audio (4)
American Hostages Released from Iran
American Hostages Released from IranAudio Clip (0:37)
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On the day of Ronald Reagan's inauguration, the U.S. freed almost $8 billion in frozen Iranian assets. Algerian intermediaries helped negotiations between the U.S. and Iran to free the fifty-two captives held at the U.S. embassy in Teheran, Iran.
Carter on Failed Iran Hostage Rescue
Carter on Failed Iran Hostage RescueAudio Clip (1:30)
Audio Clip (1:30)
On April 11, 1980, President Jimmy Carter approved a military operation to rescue the remaining 52 American hostages from the hands of young revolutionaries who had seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979. After the mission ends with eight U.S.servicemen dead and no hostages freed, President Carter discusses the event at a press conference.
Carter Imposes Oil Embargo During Hostage Crisis
Carter Imposes Oil Embargo During Hostage CrisisAudio Clip (0:54)
Audio Clip (0:54)
On November 4, 1979, a group of student revolutionaries in Iran seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, holding more than 60 Americans hostage. On November 11, President Jimmy Carter imposed an oil embargo against Iran, which he explains in an address to the nation.
Jimmy Carter Delivers Concession Speech
Jimmy Carter Delivers Concession SpeechAudio Clip (0:45)
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On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian students seized control of the American embassy in Tehran. They held more than 50 American hostages there for 444 days.Go
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