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"Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter"

Randall Balmer

About the Program

Historian and Episcopal priest Randall Balmer examines the role that religion played in the election and defeat of former President Jimmy Carter.  The author reports that Carter's progressive evangelicalism was a factor in his winning the 1976 presidential election.  However, the same evangelical population who supported the 39th President's first campaign deserted him four years later in favor of Ronald Reagan.  Mr. Balmer identifies Reagan's election as the moment the Religious Right superseded progressive evangelicalism.  Randall Balmer speaks at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta.

About the Authors

Randall Balmer

Randall Balmer's books include Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America.  He is an Episcopal priest and Chair of the Religion Department at Dartmouth College. 


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"Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter"

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Past Airings

  • Saturday, August 2nd at 4:30pm (ET)
  • Sunday, July 13th at 11pm (ET)
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