“Our American values are not luxuries but necessities – not the salt in our bread but the bread itself.” (Jimmy Carter)
Wednesday’s road trip visit from Lake Blacksheer resort took place in Plains, Georgia, President Jimmy Carter’s birthplace and present home. After our sad visit to the Andersonville POW landmark on Tuesday, clearly the issue of dignity for humankind lingered in my mind as I pondered why I had wanted to make this excursion. Know as well that I grew up amid the twin tragedies of the Vietnam War/Watergate Trial era. Jimmy Carter’s strong views concerning civil rights, world peace, and community service as President from 1977-1981, I believe thus inspired me to teach American History to my middle/high school students in a more humanistic way. So it made sense for several reasons that this first visit to Plains would interest me to discover how Jimmie’s “upbringing” as a child and teenager in Plains foreshadowed his success as a future leader of this country.
During this four hour visit to Plains, we visited key sites from Jimmy’s pre-adult past. In touring each of those special places, I curiously probed his school accomplishments, family relations, and personal hobbies. I also wondered how deeply the Jimmy Carter legacy resonated throughout the Plains community today. To maintain our stamina’s on this hot summer day, our tour would thus be split up into two parts. In the morning, we concentrated on historic sites of Jimmy interest solely within the town limits of Plains. After a simple diner lunch on Town Square, we traveled west a few miles out of town to examine the former Jimmy Carter family home. Our road trip will next turn south for a three day visit to New Orleans, Louisiana. Enjoy the photos.