Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: The Presidency of Jimmy Carter and the emerging politics of gay rights and evangelical religion
Author: Dousemetzis, Charalampos
ISNI:       0000 0004 7426 851X
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2018
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
This thesis examines an unexplored aspect of Jimmy Carter’s Presidency, and in particular his role in the development and growth of gay rights in the United States. It employs a qualitative approach, drawing extensively on archival and published sources, including a wide range of previously unpublished materials, as well as a series of targeted interviews. It seeks to explore what, if any, contribution Carter made to advancing the rights of homosexuals in the USA. The primary contribution of this thesis to the literature on Carter is in the area of historical understanding. While much has been written about Carter’s achievements (or lack thereof) in a range of areas, relatively little attention has been paid to the progress made in the area of gay rights at this time. This thesis also makes an important contribution, more generally speaking, in the area of the social history of the modern United States and in exploring the role of interest groups in determining US policy. Ultimately, this thesis demonstrates that Carter’s legacy in the area of gay rights is much more positive than is generally assumed. The careful exploration of what actually happened during his presidency, and a range of decisions taken and changes made by his administration, reveals a series of fundamental changes that tangibly improved the gay rights situation. The thesis argues that Carter’s legacy in this area should be re-evaluated and given more respect. The decisions he made and the policies he implemented contributed significantly to improving the lives of homosexuals; at the same time he played an important role in changing public discourse about homosexuality in the USA.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available