Alcatraz Essay

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  • alcatraz

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    An icon of power and strength, Alcatraz has become the single most recognizable symbol of American society. Situated in the San Francisco Bay, one can’t help but be drawn to the rocky shore, the dark walls, and the lone light tower sanding cold against a picturesque sunset imagining what it would have been like to be incarcerated in one of the world’s most infamous prisons. Discovered in 1775 by the Spanish explorer Juan Miguel de Ayala, La Isla de los Alcatraces was little more than a rock inhabited

  • Alcatraz

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    citizens safe, the most menacing inmates are sent to Alcatraz. On Alcatraz, there are strict rules and regulations to keep everyone as safe as possible, even the inmates. Although most people recognize Alcatraz as one of America’s most famous prisons, they are unaware of the significance of Alcatraz’s history, the daily life of an Alcatraz prisoner, Al Capone, Robert Stroud, and the famous escape attempts made at Alcatraz. The history of Alcatraz is an essential part of Alcatraz’s identity. It all

  • Alcatraz Essay

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    Alcatraz: United States Penitentiary 1934-1963 As a result of the Great Depression, a new breed of violent criminals swept the streets of America. In response to the cries of alarmed citizens, Congress enacted a number of statutes, which gave the federal government jurisdiction over certain criminal offenses previously held by the states. With the suggestion of former US Attorney General, Homes Cummings, Congress agreed that a special penal institution of maximum security and minimum privilege be

  • Alcatraz Island: A Brief History

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    officers (Mahaney, Erin. History and Facts about Alcatraz. About.com). Closing The Great Depression of the 1930s resulted in the already pricey expenses to run the army barracks to almost double. The current prisoners were departed to other prisons in Kansas and New Jersey. In 1933, the Army deserted the prison.\ Alcatraz would continue as a prison for more than 100 years, but just under a different control… Federal Penitentiary Establishing Alcatraz was obtained by the federal

  • Informative Speech on Alcatraz

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    Purpose: To inform the class Specific Purpose: To describe to the audience a brief history of Alcatraz. Thesis: Alcatraz has been a popular social topic because of the mystery that surrounds it and the stories exaggerated in movies and television shows. INTRODUCTION I. If you disobey the rules of society, they send you to prison; if you disobey the rules of the prison, they send you to Alcatraz. II. Alcatraz has been a popular social topic because of the mystery that surrounds it and the stories

  • What Is Alcatraz Prison

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    Alcatraz Penitentiary harbored some of this country's worst criminals from 1934 until its closing in 1963. This prison was located on Alcatraz Island, which was in the San Francisco Bay. It was housed on this island so the prisoners would not be tempted to escape. This prison was shut down because of the high costs to keep it running. Although many prisoners attempted to escape, the prison claimed that all of them failed at it. Alcatraz was set apart and on an island, it was greatly guarded because

  • Informative Speech Outline on Alcatraz

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    * Alcatraz Informative Speech Outline General Purpose: To inform the class Specific Purpose: To describe to the audience a brief history of Alcatraz. Thesis: Alcatraz has been a popular social topic because of the mystery that surrounds it and the stories exaggerated in movies and television shows. INTRODUCTION I. If you disobey the rules of society, they send you to prison; if you disobey the rules of the prison, they send you to Alcatraz. II. Alcatraz has been a popular social topic

  • Essay On Alcatraz

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    The Alcatraz federal prison, located on the San Francisco island of the same name, was dubbed “escape-proof” during its years of operation from 1934-1963 and was designed to hold the worst criminals in America (Timeline: Alcatraz Escape Attempts). During its 29 years, Alcatraz held most prisoners without incident, but there were still 14 escape attempts (Timeline...Attempts). June 11, 1962 marks one of the most sensationalized attempts by Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin (The Great

  • The Birdman Of Alcatraz, By Aka Robert Stroud

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    While you may have heard of, “The Birdman of Alcatraz,” aka Robert Stroud, another popular Alcatraz inmate. He was probably the most famous inmate to reside on Alcatraz. In 1909, Stroud brutally murdered a bartender when he failed to pay the girl Stroud was pimping for. He shot the bartender to death and took the wallet for the prostitute. Stroud was convicted of manslaughter and sent to McNeil Island in 1911. At McNeil Island, he was noted to be violent and difficult to manage. Robert Stroud

  • Alcatraz as a Tourist Attraction Essay

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    the feeling you get while there is one of bitterness and despair. So how has this island managed to survive this long? It has survived through the interest of the people that do not inhabit it. It has survived because of tourism. So how has Alcatraz transformed from one of the most feared prisons of its time, to one of San Francisco's most popular tourist attractions? I feel this question demands an answer because no other prison in U.S. history has ever been so popular for so many different

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