The Chicago Mafia During The Prohibition Era

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Just like in every other business legal or not legal if there is demand, be rest assured there will be a supply. The result was bootlegging “alcoholic liquor unlawfully made, sold, or transported, without registration or payment of taxes.” (random house, 2015) Bootlegging helped open the door for more organized crime such as opening speakeasies, which were private illegal stores and clubs that sold alcohol. These activities turned out to be a very lucrative business in the black market sector, thus creating large organized crime groups, more criminal and violent activities. This was especially true in the larger cities, such as Chicago were one man named Al Capone ruled the city “One of the most famous American gangsters, Al Capone, also known as "Scarface," rose to infamy as the leader of the Chicago mafia during the Prohibition era. Before being sent to Alcatraz Prison in 1931 from a tax evasion conviction, he had amassed a personal fortune estimated at $100 million and was responsible for countless murders” ( Editors, 2015). Most organized crime syndicates had police officers, federal officers and public officials in their pocket offering them more money than most would make in a year working for the city. The prohibition was very weakly enforced, and this made it even easier for organized crime to cash in.
Many people who were swayed by the Temperance Movement, started to see that the countries crimes were not totally the result of drinking, and many started…
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