Gang Leader for a Day


Sudhir Venkatesh

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Cordella Character Analysis

A former business partner of Ms. Bailey's mother, Cordella tells Sudhir, during an interview, that she and Ms. Bailey used to manage a brothel in the Robert Taylor Homes. Cordella insists that this form of prostitution was more lucrative, and safer for the women involved, than the current system, in which most "managers" are men.
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Cordella Character Timeline in Gang Leader for a Day

The timeline below shows where the character Cordella appears in Gang Leader for a Day. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6 – The Hustler and the Hustled
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...than “independents,” who don’t have to pay protection. Sudhir talks to an older woman named Cordella, who has run many businesses in Robert Taylor. She tells Sudhir that she used to... (full context)