The Death Of The Modern American Mafia

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The American underworld reared its head for the first time in the late nineteenth century. Since this time new waves of immigrants to the United States, primarily Italian, have facilitated in the rise of organized crime in America. Italian mafia members treated the workings in America as an extension of the Sicilian mafia rather than a new organization. The immigration of the Lucania family from Italy to the United States would be the cause of one of the most drastic changes in the workings of organized crime. Charles Luciano became the father of the modern American mafia.
Charles Luciano lived the hard childhood experienced by the children of almost all immigrants. On November 24, 1897, Charles Luciano, christened Salvatore Lucania, was born in the village of Lercara Friddi in Sicily. As Luciano was growing up, his family scraped by, sometimes even going without food (Gosch, 1975). Every cent that they could obtain went towards paying passage on the boat to America (Gosch, 1975). In the spring of 1906, in the teeming steerage of a ship, Luciano and his family were on their way to New York, a world immensely different from their little village in Sicily (Gosch, 1975). When they arrived, Antonio Lucania, Luciano’s father, took his family to a dark, dingy tenement building in an area of Sicilians, Neapolitans, and Calabrians (Gosch, 1975). The five Lucania children quickly Americanized their names; all except Salvatore, whose shortened name would be Sal, and he couldn’t have…

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