No Longer a Way Station

AMERICAN SCENE

For Plains, Ga., a normally placid farming community of 683 citizens, there would never be another day like this one: Election Day, 1976—family reunion and carnival and the world's front page all rolled into one. TIME Correspondent Bonnie Angela was in Plains for the occasion and sent this report:

Plains is customarily a pretty serious workaday kind of world, but for this day the town was roped off from reality. The townsfolk, who believed in Carter back when the rest of the country laughed, had been preparing for the historic event for...