Title Profile & Character Information

A Lesson Before Dying

Annotation
In the 1940s in rural Louisiana, an uneducated African American man is sentenced to die for a crime he was incapable of committing.

Awards
1993  National Book Critics Circle Awards
1995  Black Caucus of the America Library Association Award
1994  American Library Association Notable Books

Characters
NameJefferson
GenderMale
TraitsAfrican American
Convict
Uneducated

NameWiggins, Grant
GenderMale
OccupationTeacher
TraitsAfrican American
Educated

GenreSouthern fiction
Sociological
Historical
Fiction
Classic
TopicsAfrican Americans
Death penalty
Executions
Injustice
Wrongful conviction
Racism
African American men
SettingLouisiana
Small town
Rural
Rural Cajun community