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Excerpt from The Reconstruction of Asa Carter 3
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Deep Narrator Strong North American US South (Deep South, Dixie, Delta)

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Documentaries
Language
English (North American)
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Senior
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PBS documentary about Asa Carter, Forrest Carter, the author of the controversial memoir (now recognized as a work of fiction) "The Education of Little Tree," was the pen-name of Asa Earl Carter (September 4, 1925-June 7, 1979), a rabid segregationist who was an infamous racist propagandist in the 1960s. A leader of the White Citizens Council (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. He was an unofficial speechwriter for segregationist Governor George Wallace, the segregationist governor of Alabama and candidate for the Presidency (1968, '72). Originally accepted as an actual work by a Cherokee Indian, "The Education of Little Tree" ranks as one of the great literary hoaxes of American literature. Taking the pen of name Forrest Carter, he published two Westerns, including "The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales" that 'Clint Eastwood' made into the 1976 hit movie The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). After the Eastwood film was released, the New York Times revealed that "Forrest Carter" was actually Asa Earl Carter, the segregationist. At the time it was fashionable among some critics, in line with Pauline Kael's criticism of the movie-star/director, to portray Eastwood as a "fascist," and Carter's outing was more likely made to embarrass Eastwood rather than to out Asa Earl Carter. In the New York Times article, "Forrest Carter" claimed that he was not Asa Carter. But he was. Earl Carter. In the New York Times article, "Forrest Carter" claimed that he was not Asa Carter. But he was.

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