Prohibition and Al Capone

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“The New York Times said of Al Capone that he was "the symbol of a shameful era, the monstrous symptom of a disease which was eating into the conscience of America. Looking back on it now, this period of Prohibition in full, ugly flower seems fantastically incredible. Capone himself was incredible, the creation of an ugly dream".” (www.umich.edu) He impacted society through his ruthless tactics, secret alliances, and penetrant for violence typified by the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. Capone controlled many businesses in Chicago such as speakeasies, gambling houses, brothels, horse and race tracks, etc. at an approximated income of $100,000,000 a year. For several years, Al Capone was never convicted for the crimes he committed, and when he did, he had an alibi or there was never sufficient evidence against him. Al Capone had more power in society than most of the political leaders did during that time period. It took Al Capone his whole life to achieve the power he had in the Roaring 20’s. Alphonsus Capone, best known as Al Capone, was born on January 17, 1899 in Brooklyn New York. At the age of fourteen, he dropped out of school and became a member of the Five Point Gang in Manhattan. He started to work at a Brooklyn bar called the Harvard Inn, and this is when Al Capone received his nickname “Scarface” after being in a fight.…

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