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The Education of Little Tree

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Belle Sharpe

on 23 October 2012

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Transcript of The Education of Little Tree

The Education of
Little Tree Ms. Sharpe History Around the Novel While reading
_The Education of Little Tree_ The Set Up Themes Questions to consider
as you read Native Americans during the 1930's Native Americans
The Great Depression General Civil Rights Movements The Basics of the Great Depression Asa Earl Carter A Two-Sided Book Before Forrest Carter The Author Wrote using the name Forrest Carter
He was born in Anniston, Alabama on Sept. 4th, 1925
He wrote _The Education of Little Tree_ as if it was a memoir, it was later called a fictional memoir. Before his literary career as "Forrest", Carter was politically actively fighting against the Civil Rights Movement as a part of the KKK.
He was a speechwriter for segregationist Governor George Wallace of Alabama.
And he helped to found the North Alabama Citizens Council. The longest and most severe economic crash in United States history.
Began with the stock market crash of 1929.
Unemployment increased severely. 1/3 of the population did not have a job.
Crop prices went down severely, and people went hungry because the farmers would throw away food in order to increase the value.
Tens of thousands of migrant farm workers travelled the nation looking for work.
Homelessness, poverty, and general despair characterized much of the nation. Lands were dramatically reduced from 155 million acres to 48 million acres.
The land was stripped from them little by little
No one would hire Native Americans for work because the job market was depleted
The Native Americans lived in poverty with some of the worst living conditions.
The reservations were flooded with disease. Civil rights were in the early stages at this point in history
Most of the Civil Rights activism was for the African-Americans and Philippine-Americans
The major win for Civil Rights during this period was the legalization of interracial marriages.
This signaled a start for alliances that would win minority groups jobs in war-industries, and to get businesses to serve minority groups at hotels and restaurants. Help from the New Deal programs
The Indian Reorganization Act allowed tribes to write constitutions, reclaim elements of self rule, and take steps to preserve their culture.
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation helped to stop the sale of reservation lands.
They were able to get jobs in government offices like the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration. Set during the 1930s Depression Era
Received a lot of criticism for not being factually accurate
It's based on real people and events but not completely true. Relationship of man to nature, is he a part of it or a consumer of it?
Innocence gaining experience - also known as a "Coming of Age Story".
The experience of growing up in a hostile environment.
Native American cultural themes
The Trail of Tears - the mass forced march of Cherokee Indians from their lands in the Southeast to reservations in the Great Plains area. He also started the pro-segregation monthly paper titled
_The Southerner_ From one angle it's a tree-hugger book about nature
From another angle, it's an anti-government book The Great Depression Civil Rights in the 30's Why do you feel it is necessary to find your place in the the world?
How do you think people discover their place?
Why does Granpa distrust politicians and the government?
What do you think will happen to Little Tree in the future?
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