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Remembering the Legacy of Jimmy Carter, the 39th US President

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A reflection on the life and impact of President Jimmy Carter.

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Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, was moved to hospice care on Saturday. "After a series of short hospital stays, his physicians recommended that he receive care at home," said a statement from the Carter Center. The former president, who is now 96 years old, has been in declining health for some time, but he has remained active in philanthropic and humanitarian work. Carter is known for his dedication to human rights, foreign policy, and peacekeeping efforts, as well as his advocacy for mental health.

Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, in 1924. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1946 and served in the Navy until 1953. He then pursued a career in politics, serving in the Georgia State Senate and as governor of Georgia before being elected president in 1976. Carter's presidency was marked by a focus on energy conservation, the promotion of human rights, and efforts to resolve conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere.

One of Carter's most notable achievements was his push for the use of solar energy. As president, he installed solar panels on the roof of the White House, making it the first energy-efficient presidential residence. He also created the Department of Energy and signed the National Energy Act of 1978, which provided incentives for the use of renewable energy sources.

Carter's dedication to humanitarianism extended beyond his political career. He founded the Carter Center in 1982, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing human rights and promoting peace. The Carter Center has worked to eradicate diseases like Guinea worm and river blindness, and has monitored elections around the world to ensure fairness and transparency.

In addition to his humanitarian work, Carter has been an outspoken advocate for mental health. He has shared his own struggles with depression and has worked to raise awareness about mental illness and reduce the stigma surrounding it. Together with his wife Rosalynn, he founded the Carter Center's Mental Health Program to promote access to mental health care and improve the quality of mental health services.

Carter's philanthropic work has also included activism for affordable housing and disaster relief efforts. He has been involved in the Habitat for Humanity organization for decades, helping to build homes for low-income families around the world. In recent years, he has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration's policies on immigration and human rights.

Despite his advanced age and declining health, Carter has remained active in his humanitarian work. He has continued to make public appearances and participate in Carter Center events, and has been a vocal advocate for peace and diplomacy in international affairs. His legacy as a president, humanitarian, and activist has inspired generations of Americans to work for social justice and make a positive impact on the world.

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