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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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Jimmy Carter, Thirty-Ninth President
President Carter and Vice President Mondale listen to Elie Wiesel.,  Diana Walker, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: Diana Walker, 1979
President Carter and Vice President Mondale (right) listen to Elie Wiesel speak at the National Civic Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.
Did you know?
In 1978, on the 30th anniversary of the founding of Israel, President Carter invited Elie Wiesel, a concentration camp survivor and passionate chronicler of the Holocaust, to chair a commission to commemorate the genocide of Jews and many others in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The work of the Presidential Commission on the Holocaust ultimately resulted in several actions, including the establishment of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This museum was open to the public on April 26, 1993, with the Dalai Lama as the first official visitor.

At 180 feet tall, the Rotunda is the symbolic and physical heart of the U.S. Capitol. Inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, the Rotunda was completed in 1824, and it's where presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Lyndon Johnson have lain in state.

Read this photograph:
What's going on in this picture? What's the photographer trying to do, and how does the focus of the photo achieve that goal? What distinguishes Carter from the others in the picture?
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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The July 26, 1976 cover of Time magazine features presidential nominee Jimmy Carter.President-elect, Jimmy Carter visits the White House shortly before being inaugurated.President Carter works in his private office.
Secretary of State Cyrus Vance confers with President Carter.President Carter greets reporters at a press conference.President Carter and the Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi wives, Rosalynn Carter and Farah Diba
Presidents Nixon and Carter exchange greetings.President Carter greets the crowd on Earth Day.President Carter places flowers on the grave of a soldier.
President Carter greets House Speaker Tip O'Neill.President Carter and Vice President Mondale listen to Elie Wiesel.President Carter witnesses the historic signing of a Middle East peace treaty.
President Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and their wives, Rosalynn and JehanFirst Lady Rosalynn Carter visits Cambodian refugees.President Carter flashes a smile while campaigning.

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