I was fascinated by a recent public television documentary about a man named Asa Carter who changed his name mid-life name to Forrest Bedford Carter, becoming an author of a controversial memoir, now recognized as a work for fiction, The Education of Little Tree.
Asa Earl Carter (September 4, 1925–June 7, 1979), was a devote of Nathan Bedford Forrest (July 13, 1821 – October 29, 1877), a notorious and racist lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. Like the real Gen. Forrest, Carter was a rabid segregationist and an infamous racist propagandist, as well, in the 1960s. A leader of the (White) Citizens Councils (a group dedicated to opposing desegregation and one that was generally considered to be a front group for the Ku Klux Klan) of North Alabama, Carter was the head of a “klavern” of the Ku Klux Klan and was an unofficial speechwriter for segregationist Governor George Wallace, the segregationist governor of Alabama in 1968 and candidate for the Presidency in 1972.
Little Tree, it turned out, was a sham — any student of Native Americans would have known this from the start, but the book found its home with people who wanted to believe what Carter had written.
and plug in Asa Carter…. for two results that will lead you to three links. Be sure to put in the last name, first. Carter…Asa.
I would provide the direct links, but the state library is playing games this days, so you have to bring these up on your own.
Good luck and have fun. Susan