In 1976 millions of Americans fell in love with the initially little-known Jimmy Carter. Late in the year, enough people pulled the lever by his name to make him the 39th President of the United States. As historian Douglas Brinkley said, it was as close as the country had ever come to "picking a name out of the phone book." Who was this man, the soft-spoken, born-again peanut farmer and ex-governor with the brilliant smile? As president, he would strive to overcome a recession, make progress on social issues, and engineer a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Learn more with this biography from American Experience: "Jimmy Carter."