Asa Earl Carter

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Asa Earl Carter

American political speechwriter and author add

Category: Politics

Born in 1925.

Countries: Alabama (59%), United States (32%), Texas (9%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Alabama, The New York Times, The Outlaw Josey Wales

Linked to: University of New Mexico, University of Colorado at Boulder, American Library Association, The New York Times

 

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Asa Earl Carter was born in 1925 add something


1953

Carter worked for several area radio stations before ending up at station WILD in Birmingham, Alabama , where he worked from 1953 to 1955 add something


1956

By March 1956, Carter was making national news as a spokesman for segregation add something

 

Members of Carter's new KKK group attacked singer Nat King Cole at an April 1956 Birmingham, Alabama concert add something


1957

In 1957, Carter and his brother James were jailed for fighting against Birmingham, Alabama police officers add something

 

After a more violent event, four members of Carter's Klan group were convicted of a September 1957 abduction and attack on a black handyman named Edward Aaron add something


1958

In 1958, Carter quit the Klan group he had founded after shooting two members in a dispute over finances add something


1960

During the 1960s, Carter was a speechwriter for Wallace add something

 

During the late 1960s, Carter grew disillusioned by what he saw as Wallace's liberal turn on race add something


1963

He was one of two men credited with Wallace's famous slogan, "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever", part of his 1963 inaugural speech add something

 

In 1963, a parole board, appointed by Carter's then-employer Alabama governor George Wallace, commuted the sentences of the four men convicted of attacking Aaron add something


1966

After Wallace's wife Lurleen was elected Governor of Alabama in 1966, Carter worked for her add something


1968

When Wallace decided to enter national politics with a 1968 presidential run, he did not invite Carter on board for the campaign add something


1970

Carter ran against Wallace for governor of Alabama in 1970 on a white supremacist platform add something

 

In the late 1970s, he relocated to Abilene, Texas add something

 

The "Times" reported that the address Carter used in the copyright application for "The Rebel Outlaw" was identical to the one that he used in 1970 while running for governor add something


1971

At Wallace's 1971 inauguration, Carter and some of his supporters demonstrated against him, carrying signs reading "Wallace is a bigot" and "Free our white children" add something


1972

The Outlaw Josey Wales - "The Outlaw Josey Wales" was inspired by a 1972 novel by Forrest Carter, and was originally titled "The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales" and later retitled "Gone to Texas"


1973

The Outlaw Josey Wales - The film was adapted by Sonia Chernus and Philip Kaufman from author Forrest Carter's 1973 novel "The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales"


1974

The article describes him as Forrest Carter being interviewed by Barbara Walters on the "Today" show in 1974 add something


1976

Clint Eastwood directed and starred in a 1976 film adaptation of "Josey Wales", retitled "The Outlaw Josey Wales" after the book was sent to his offices by Carter as an unsolicited submission and Eastwood's partner read and put his support behind it add something

 

Carter spent the last part of his life trying to conceal his background as a Klansman and segregationist, claiming categorically in a 1976 "The New York Times" article that he, Forrest, was not Asa Carter add something

 

Though Carter's background as Asa Carter was discussed in academic circles, it was not widely known by the book-buying public nearly ten years after the 1976 "New York Times" article about him add something

 

"Is Forrest Carter Really Asa Carter- Only Josey Wales May Know for Sure", "The New York Times", August 26, 1976 add something


1978

In 1978, Carter published "Watch for Me on the Mountain", a fictionalized biography of Geronimo add something


Asa Earl Carter died in 1979 add something

 

Carter was working on "The Wanderings of Little Tree", a sequel to "The Education of Little Tree", as well as a screenplay version of the book, when he died in Abilene, Texas on June 7, 1979 add something


1980

It became a sleeper hit in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s add something


1985

In 1985 the book was purchased for a paperback edition and marketed by the University of New Mexico Press as a memoir add something

 

In 1985, the University of New Mexico Press bought rights to "The Education of Little Tree" from original publisher Delacorte Press and published it in paperback add something


1991

Following the 1991 publicity, the University of New Mexico Press changed the cover of "Little Tree", removing the "True Story" subtitle and adding a fiction classification label add something

 

His background became national news again in 1991 after his purported 1976 memoir, "The Education of Little Tree", was re-issued in paperback and topped the "Times" paperback best-seller lists add something

 

In 1991 she did confirm to "Publishers Weekly" that Forrest and Asa were the same person add something

 

In 1991, after the book won the American Booksellers Book of the Year award, it ranked number one on "The New York Times" non-fiction paperback best-seller list for several weeks add something

 

The biographical material in the introduction has never been changed to include details of Carter's involvement with segregationist politics and the KKK. "Little Tree" has continued to find readers and a place on reading lists for young adults since 1991 add something

 

On October 4, 1991, Dan T. Carter published the article "The Transformation of a Klansman" in the "New York Times" add something

 

"The New York Times", October 4, 1991 add something

 

Scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote an article on Carter and "Little Tree" for "The Times" that appeared in November 1991 add something


1997

In 1997, a film adaptation of "Little Tree" was released, which revived publicity about Asa Carter add something

 

In 1997, after the success of the paperback edition of "The Education of Little Tree", a film adaptation was produced add something

 

Richard Friedenberg wrote and directed the 1997 film adaptation add something


2014

"This American Life," 13 June 2014 add something