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The Education of Little Tree kindle ¹ Paperback read ↠ forrest carter Ì The Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression Little Tree as hisYs of reading and education But when Little Tree is taken away by whites for schooling we learn of the cruelty meted out to Indian children in an attempt to assimilate them and of Little Tree's perception of the Anglo world and how it differs from the Cherokee Way A classic of its era and an enduring book for all age I finished this book last weekend I'd put it up there with The Alchemist and To Kill a Mockingbird it was that powerful This is a work of fiction despite the intro it is not really an autobiography about a 5 year old Cheerokee boy who is raised by his grandparents Cheerokee hill people after the death of his parents It is set in depression era Tennessee The story is told in vignettes; the chapters in chronological order It was a uick read just over 200 pages with some mild language I wish I could describe this book better but it was so moving and just amazing I really recommend NOT google ing the author until after you've read the book he wasn't a very good person Although the story about this book getting the boot from Oprah's list is funny

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The Cherokee Way taking only what is needed leaving the rest for nature to run its course Little Tree also learns the often callous ways of white businessmen and tax collectors and how Granpa in hilarious vignettes scares them away from his illegal attempts to enter the cash economy Granma teaches Little Tree the jo embarrassing after caty informed me i googled the author and learned that the original edition was published as an autobiography though carter is not of native american heritage was a leader in the klu klux klan and active as a segregtionist wow huh? if you ever want a defintion of appropriation and cultural theft here's an exemplary one my tattered copy was dubbed as an autobiography

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The Education of Little TreeThe Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression Little Tree as his grandparents call him is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains to respect nature in The Education of Little Tree Which is Right The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter was chosen as the Pre 1980 Group Read by members of On the Southern Literary Trail for June 2016 Special thanks to Trail Member Tina for nominating this work The Education of Little Tree First Edition Delacorte Press New York New York 1976 Forrest Carter 1975 This is my third read of this book It means much to me For it speaks of the love shared by a young boy and his grandparents Orphaned at five Little Tree a Cherokee Indian is taken into the home of Granma and GranpaMy Mother married young On a dare no less Crossing the Mississippi state line where it was possible to marry at a younger age without parental consent My father decided he was much too young to be one though I guess he enjoyed making me When he abandoned my mother and me I was a week old We were taken in by my mother's parentsI was raised in my Grandparents' home My Mother completed her growing up in that home Although I came to excel academically throughout my years in school without doubt my most valuable education did not come from text books but my Grandparents especially my Grandfather who was always Papa to meI recognize much of this book as the truth It is a beautiful and wondrous truth I share much in common with Little Tree The lessons he was taught by his Grandparents are tenets for a full and complete life Living in harmony with the environment Take only what you need To take is only greed Tolerance for those different than us Living simply recognizing the difference between needs and wants Accepting your self worth though you may be looked down upon by others who consider themselves higher than you by their perception of social stature the value of the roots of the history of your people or family The acceptance of the passing of all things This is the nature of life Embrace these truths and live fully or live in anxiety and stuggle in futility Live in despair and desparation I was taught these same truthsWhen this little book was first published it attracted little attention little acclaim no fanfare It was not until the University of New Mexico issued a paperback edition of the book in 1980 that The Education of Little Tree became a publishing phenomenon The book was introduced by a Cherokee Native American whose ancestors had been moved from their homes during the infamous Trail of Tears Forrest Carter had written the book as his autobiographical memoir He billed himself as a Storyteller to the Cherokee Nation It is freuently on the reading curriculum of many high schools Copies have sold in the millionsWho is Forrest Carter?In 1975 a darkly tanned man with a mustache walked into an Abilene Texas bookstore owned by Chuck and Betty Weeth He introduced himself as Forrest Carter He had written his first book Gone to Texas under the name Benjamin Franklin Carter That book was reprinted under the title The Outlaw Josey Wales under the name Forrest Carter Clint Eastwood bought the film rights Carter was doing well He became an Abilene Texas fixture and was a regular dinner guest at the Shipps It was there Carter began telling his story of being raised as a Cherokee orphan by his grandparents in Tennessee and he was writing his biographyBut Forrest Carter had a past He wasn't a Cherokee He wasn't from Tennessee He was Asa Carter born in 1925 in Anniston Alabama During the 1950s he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and founder of a white supremacy group He formed a splinter group of the KKK which was responsible for an attack on Nat King Cole at a concert in Birmingham Alabama in 1956 Carter worked at Birmingham radio station WILD where he broadcast right wing programs supporting anti semitism and blatant segregation Asa Carter Speech Writer Carter became a speech writer for Governor George Wallace in the 1960s penning the vitriolic first Inauguration Speech containing the infamous line Segregation now segregation forever Carter continued to work through the administration of Governor Lurleen Wallace who ran in her husband's stead when he could not run for a successive third termHowever Carter and George Wallace had a parting of the ways When Wallace ran for a third term as Governor in 1970 and was elected again Wallace pushed Carter to the side Wallace had toned down his segregationist rhetoric He saw Carter as an extremist Wallace had no use for him On the day of Wallace's third Inauguration Alabama journalist and author Wayne Greenhaw found Carter behind the State Capital crying Carter told Greenhaw Wallace had sold out Alabama to the liberals It was the last time Greenhaw ever saw Carter in personBut Greenhaw did see a televised interview between a man who called himself Forrest Carter and Barbara Walters on The Today Show in 1976 talking about his Autobiography The Education of Little Tree Greenhaw recognized the voice and began asking uestions of Asa Carter's old associatesGreenhaw got a phone call from Carter You wouldn't want to hurt old Forrest would you? Greenhaw retorted it was all a lie And he would prove it Carter hung up And disappeared once Forrest Carter was Asa Carter He died June 7 1979 of heart failure in Abilene Texas He was at work on The Wonderings of Little Tree which was unfinished He is buried in Anniston AlabamaShould This Book Be Read?This book has been subject to much criticism most of it based on the personal and political life of Asa Carter Is this the proper basis for judging a work of literature?I say it is not Whatever Asa Carter's actual political beliefs were at one time does not mean he still possessed those beliefs at the time he wrote The Education of Little Tree His relationship with the Shipps in Abilene Texas indicate a completely different person than the man who worked for George WallaceHis editor at Delacorte Press Eleanor Friede and her husband were Jewish He was a freuent guest in their home Carter never uttered a word of intolerance in their presence The Education of Little Tree is a work about love and tolerance The racists in this book are wealthy whites bureaucrats politicians and intolerant preachers Perhaps Carter portrayed that so well because he knew what it was to hateNative Americans and blacks are respectfully and sympathetically portrayed For Asa Carter's previous anti semitic assertions in earlier years the kindest person in this work aside from Little Tree's Grandparents is Mr Wine A JewTo refuse to read this book because of Asa Carter's previous political life is a form of censorship I do not believe in censorship in any form Nor the banning of books There is far too much of that as it isDo not think I write an apologia for Asa Carter I detest what he once stood for However I am ever mindful of the resilience of human beings and their ability to change Hatred is a heavy burden to bear If not exorcised it will destroy the one who carries it Perhaps Carter wrote this as his penanceI believe in the possibility of redemption As Little Tree would say Which is rightEXTRASAct One Seeing the Forrest Through the Little Trees A Transcript from This American Life concerning ForrestAsa Carter and The Education of Little Tree