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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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Jimmy Carter, Thirty-Ninth President
President Carter greets the crowd on Earth Day., © Diana Walker, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: Diana Walker, 1978
President Carter greets the crowd on Earth Day at Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington. Environmental awareness started increasing in the 1970s, and Carter was the first president to speak at an Earth Day rally.
Did you know?
The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970, when 20 million Americans took to the streets and parks to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. The event—which boasted bi-partisan support—led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.
 
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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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