Forrest Carter

Forrest Carter was the pen name of Asa Earl Carter (September 4, 1925 – June 7, 1979), an American author and speechwriter. He is best known for his book 'The Education of Little Tree,' a memoir that was later found to be fictional. Carter was also a notable speechwriter for segregationist Governor George Wallace of Alabama. His life and identity were the subject of controversy after it was revealed that he had been an active member of the Ku Klux Klan and had a history of promoting racist ideologies before rebranding himself as a Cherokee author.


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  1. 1. The Education of Little Tree

    The book is a heartwarming story of a young orphan boy of mixed ancestry who is raised by his Cherokee grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains during the Great Depression. His grandparents teach him the Cherokee way of life, including their spiritual beliefs, love for nature, respect for all living things, and the importance of tolerance and understanding. Despite the hardship and prejudice they face, they impart wisdom, love, and a unique perspective on life to the young boy.