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Just Mercy: Introduction
Just Mercy: Plot Summary
Just Mercy: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Just Mercy: Themes
Just Mercy: Quotes
Just Mercy: Characters
Just Mercy: Terms
Just Mercy: Symbols
Just Mercy: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Bryan Stevenson
Historical Context of Just Mercy
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- Full Title: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
- When Written: 2014
- Where Written: United States
- When Published: United States
- Literary Period: Contemporary nonfiction; 21st century African-American criticism
- Genre: Sociopolitical Nonfiction; Legal Nonfiction
- Setting: Monroeville, AL; Montgomery, AL; Atlanta, GA, and several other cities throughout the United States
- Climax: The climax occurs in Chapter 15, on the night of Jimmy Dill’s execution. Dill’s petition for clemency is denied within an hour of his scheduled execution, which is a devastating loss for Stevenson. In addition, Walter’s dementia is causing his decline, and EJI has an almost unmanageable docket of people needing relief. After his heartbreaking phone call with Dill moments before his death, Stevenson feels the weight of all the tragedy and injustice that he has witnessed over the years. He suffers a crisis of faith and considers quitting.
- Antagonist: The Criminal Justice/ Prison System
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Just Mercy
Viral Justice Bryan Stevenson’s 2012 TED Talk entitled “We Need to Talk About Injustice” was posted on YouTube and went viral on the Internet.
Literary Laurels Just Mercy was listed in Time Magazine’s top 10 nonfiction books of the year. It won the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Nonfiction.