Asa Earl Carter

Asa Earl Carter (September 4, 1925 – June 7, 1979) was a 1950s segregationist political activist, Ku Klux Klan organizer, and later Western novelist. He co-wrote George Wallace's well-known pro-segregation line of 1963, "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever", and ran in the Democratic primary for governor of Alabama on a white supremacist ticket. Years later, under the pseudonym of supposedly Cherokee writer Forrest Carter, he wrote ''The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales'' (1972), a Western novel that led to a 1976 film featuring Clint Eastwood that was adopted into the National Film Registry, and ''The Education of Little Tree'' (1976), a best-selling, award-winning book which was marketed as a memoir but which turned out to be fiction.

In 1976, following the success of ''The Rebel Outlaw'' and its film adaptation ''The Outlaw Josey Wales'' (1976), ''The New York Times'' revealed Forrest Carter was actually Asa Carter. His background became national news again in 1991 after his purported memoir, ''The Education of Little Tree'' (1976), was re-issued in paperback, topped the ''Times'' paperback best-seller lists (both non-fiction and fiction), and won the American Booksellers Book of the Year (ABBY) award.

Prior to his literary career as "Forrest", Carter was politically active for years in Alabama as an opponent of the civil rights movement. In the mid 1950s, he had a syndicated segregationist radio show, and worked as a speech writer for segregationist Governor George Wallace of Alabama. He also founded the North Alabama Citizens Council (NACC), an independent offshoot of the White Citizens' Council movement formed by Carter when the White Citizens' Council tried to moderate Carter's antisemitism. He also formed the militant and violent Ku Klux Klan group known as the Original Ku Klux Klan of the Confederacy, and started a monthly publication titled ''The Southerner'' which spread white supremacist and anti-communist rhetoric. Provided by Wikipedia
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