A 2013 - 2014 original C-SPAN feature series telling the stories of America's First Ladies - from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama -
through conversations with top experts, video tours of historic sites, and questions from C-SPAN's audience.

America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
Rosalynn Carter
First Lady: 1977 - 1981
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  • Rosalynn Carter program
  • Her Legacy
  • Iranian Hostage Crisis
  • Return from Latin America
  • 1994 Interview: Media Bias
  • Her Biggest Disappointment
  • The Mental Health Commission
  • Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter on Attending Cabinet Meetings
  • Life in Plains, Georgia
  • 1976 Campaign Video
  • Life After the White House
  • Her Influence
  • Motherhood
  • Conversation with Rosalynn Carter
  • First Ladies' Library Opening Events
  • Children's Health Issues
  • Luncheon Keynote Speech: Rosalynn Carter
  • Carter Presidency Town Hall Meeting
  • Book Discussion on Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis
  • Book Discussion on Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter: The Georgia Years, 1924-1974
  • Conversation with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues
  • First Ladies Panel
  • An Evening with Former First Ladies
  • A Conversation with Rosalynn Carter 1994


Rosalynn Carter

James Carter
You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a possibility, you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out, you don’t try—you don’t take the risk.

Born - August 18, 1927 in Botsford, Georgia

Parents - Wilburn Edgar Smith & Frances Allethea “Allie” Murray Smith

Married - James Earl Carter Jr. on July 7, 1946

Children - John William “Jack” (1947 – present),
James Earl “Chip,” 3rd (1950 – present),
Donnel Jeffrey “Jeff” (1952 – present),
Amy Lynn (1967 – present)

Education - Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia

Occupation - Businesswoman at family peanut warehouse

Firsts - 1st First Lady to make a foreign policy trip

Other offices - First Lady of Georgia 1971 – 1975

Causes - Honorary Chairwoman of the President’s Commission on Mental Health

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