Bootlegging and Al Capone Essay

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In 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment was passed, this amendment made the consumption and sell of alcohol illegal. A group of people referred to as “moral reformers” felt that banning the sell and consumption of alcohol would better protect the lives of people as well as make them better (Rose). Businesses, such as industrial businesses, believed that it would better productivity if the workers could remain sober. The Volsted Act was passed shortly after the Eighteenth Amendment to make sure it was enforced since local authorities did not do such; there were only fifteen hundred agents to enforce the law and the act was also underfunded. Therefore, the Prohibition was not enforced well enough and the organized crime rates increased as gangsters and mobsters began to get into the bootlegging business (Rose).
Chicago was the height of bootlegging and Al Capone took advantage of that. Capone had moved to Chicago in 1919 with Johnny Torrio (Rose). Once in Chicago, he moved his way up in the mobster life; Capone went from a gang member, to Johnny Torrio’s right hand man, to the boss (Encyclopedia of World Biography). As the boss of one of the largest organized crime mobs, he proved himself as an entrepreneur. Capone shortly became the head of Chicago’s largest speakeasies, bookie joints, brothels, gambling houses, and race tracks, where he bootlegged alcohol. Capone was known as this big shot after him and Torrio set up the assassination of the former mob boss Colissimo…

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