The Rise Of Organized Crime

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The rise of organized crime In The United States By Jeremy King Welcome to the 1920s a truly new era. Automobiles were becoming affordable to the average American the Great War had ended and the nation was heading into a time of prosperity and temperance. On January 16th 1920 the production transportation and sale of intoxication liquors was made illegal. The nation was dry, at least that’s what the country wanted. In reality the nation was about to be flooded with alcohol. This is when organized crime really starts to develop in the United States. In this paper we will cover a few notorious players including Al Capone, Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, Myer Lansky, and briefly Enoch Johnson. We will follow their lives from birth until their fate be it death imprisonment or the departure from organized crime. Along the way we will meet other key players including Johnny Torrio, Dean O’Banion, James “Big Jim” Colosimo, Salvatore Marizano, and many more. So without further ado lets get started! Lucky Luciano: Born Salvatore Lucania. Charlie “Lucky” Luciano Immigrated to the united states in 1906 at the age of nine. Luciano showed the signs of a crime boss early extorting school children for protection money while threatening to beat them up if they didn’t comply. Luciano did not speak English well at the time and subsequently dropped out of school in 1914. After school Luciano started work as a clerk in a hat shop. Though after winning

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