In the style of Truman Capote's
In Cold Blood, Professor L. Alex Swan's
Cornelia's Struggle is a non-fiction novel about social justice. This work is the story of a young couple separated and reunited in the American justice system.
In the style of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Professor L. Alex Swan's
Cornelia's Struggle is a non-fiction novel about social justice. This work is the story of a young couple separated and reunited in the American justice system. Cornelia's husband John is accused of a crime and sent to prison; Cornelia is left to raise their three children. Cornelia returns to college and then moves on to law school where she successfully has her husband's case re-opened. Her efforts culminate in John's release from prison.
This "novel" contrasts the quality of justice dispensed to poor people, particularly minorities, while simultaneously drawing the reader into the human-interest story of the couple's struggles and relationship. In light of the failure of the majority of prisoners' families to survive, recover, and succeed,
Cornelia's Struggle defies the odds and instructs while giving the reader the real life struggle of the family.
This work is recommended for students of law, criminal justice, sociology, social work, psychology, political science, communications, social justice, and the general reading public.
Part 1 Preface
Part 2 Acknowledgements
Chapter 3 Introduction
Chapter 4 The Unexpected and Unanticipated
Chapter 5 Search for an Advocate
Chapter 6 Search for a Plan of Action
Chapter 7 Planning the Plan
Chapter 8 A Disappointing Beginning
Chapter 9 Contemplation and Reflection
Chapter 10 Preparing for Action
Chapter 11 Working the Plan
Chapter 12 Roles for Relatives
Chapter 13 A Break in the Case
Chapter 14 Collecting the Data for Action
Chapter 15 Data Revealed; Vindication Assured
Chapter 16 Conclusion
Part 17 About the Author