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Asa Earl Carter was an American speechwriter and author, most notable for publishing novels and a best-selling, award-winning memoir under the name Forrest Carter, and identity as a Native American Cherokee. As Forrest Carter, he wrote a purported memoir, The Education of Little Tree, in which he said he had been orphaned into the care of Cherokee grandparents.
Prior to his career as Forrest, Asa Carter worked as a speechwriter for segregationist Governor George Wallace of Alabama. He founded the North Alabama Citizens Council (NACC) and a pro-segregation monthly titled The Southerner.