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    Jimmy Carter Outstanding Autograph Letter Signed: Governor Carter commends Democratic Congresswoman Green on her efforts to improve education; five years later she co-chaired Citizens for Ford.

    Signed: "Jimmy Carter", one page, 5.5" x 8.5". Office of the Governor, Atlanta, May 14, 1971. To Congresswoman Edith S. Green. In full: "Dear Mrs. Green, Your speech was great - intelligent, factual, informative and inspirational. It is reassuring to know that you are instrumental in leading our Congress in devising methods for improving the educational systems of our country. You make me proud to be a fellow public servant and a Democrat. Gratefully yours.."

    Edith S. Green (1910-1987) represented Oregon as a Democrat in the House of Representatives from 1955-1974. During her 18 years on the Committee on Education and Labor, she played major roles in much of the educational legislation that took place in the House. Green played a central role in the enactment of the National Defense Education Act (1958) and authored the Higher Education Facilities Act (1963) and the Equal Pay Act (1963). She had seconded the presidential nominations of Stevenson in 1956 and Kennedy in 1960.

    At the time of this letter, Representative Green chaired the House Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education. In 1970, she had drafted legislation prohibiting sex discrimination in education. In 1971, the hearings that Green held were the first ever devoted to this topic and are considered the first legislative step toward the enactment of Title IX. Most probably, the speech Carter is referring to concerned this legislation. On June 23, 1972, President Nixon signed the Education Amendments into law. Title IX, one of the ten sections of the law and sponsored in the House by Green, prohibits sex discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving any type of federal financial aid. This has greatly affected college sports teams. Many colleges across the country have dropped men's sports such as wrestling, tennis, and track to make room for women's sports such as basketball, softball, and gymnastics.

    Jimmy Carter had become Governor of Georgia on January 12, 1971, just four months before writing this letter. On December 12, 1974, a month before his term ended, Carter announced he would seek the 1976 Democratic nomination for President. During the 1976 campaign, Edith Green, who did not seek reelection in 1974, was co-chairman of Citizens for Ford. Two photographs of Green are included.

    The removal of a mounting remnant on verso has resulted in a slight loss of paper under "Atlanta" in the letterhead. Carter rarely begins his letters with "Dear" as in this one; he usually would write: "To Mrs. Green." ALsS of Jimmy Carter with good content are rare and this one, in very fine condition, would make an outstanding addition to a presidential collection. From the Gary Grossman Collection.


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