Essay about The Notorious Al Capone

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The popular image of the 1920s is of an alcohol soaked, jazz enriched, and senseless society that was full of crime. Morally minded citizens tried to solve the growing problem of drunkenness by pushing their efforts to end this behavior. This crusade gained steam in 1920 when the US outlawed the manufacture and sale of liquor which was amended into the Constitution. What was supposed to end this wild behavior of mindless drinking and crime spawned new economic problems and gang wars in major cities around America. What was known as the prohibition era entrenched a network of organized crime with some of the most notorious minds and of these included the most well-known, Al Capone. Capone began to take over the Chicago area in 1925 as a …show more content…
He then followed with saying, “who doesn’t,” in this case he was honest because most of the American citizens were also violating these drinking laws by going to, “speakeasies,” (Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, pg 92). These underground or hidden buildings would be the major source of income for Capone during the years of prohibition. Politicians, law enforcement and regular citizens would visit these establishments to grab a drink then the next day fight for enforcement of prohibition. The corrupt enforcement of these laws extended the longevity of this era and rose the power of Capone and his accomplices. Capone was already rising in power in the 1920s but the 18th amendment fueled rise of violence in Capone like yeast in bread. Knowing that law enforcement would crackdown on his illegal business, he made sure local, state and federal officials were on his payroll to look the other way. He virtually paid off every official in the districts where his breweries were set up. This granted him and his breweries legal immunity. By bribing the crooked law enforcement in his area, he could plan raids to destroy other rival gang’s illegal establishments. Federal agents who did not take bribes and continued to enforce the law were prevented by locals who tipped off gangsters. Every year, Capone paid officials a hulking 15 million dollars but this money did

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