The Roaring 20's

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The Roaring 20's

The Roaring 20's

Al Capone was born in 1899 in Brooklyn, NY. He became the most famous gangster in our history. During prohibition in 1920 he ran a multi-million dollar bootlegging, gambling and prostitution operation. He was called "Scarface" because when he was young during a fight he got a razor mark on his left cheek. He and his gang were responsible for many acts of violence. The most famous was the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929. He ordered the killing of seven rivals gangsters. He built an empire worth about $100 million dollars. The goverment could not prove Capone was guilty of the killings and other crime so they charged him with income tax evasion. He was found guiltyin 1931 and went to jail for 7 years. He died in 1947 in Miami.

During Prohibition period in the 1920's organized crime grew in the United States. The federal government tried to enforce the rules of prohibition so this gave the organized crime a chance to build profitable bootlegging operations. They made millions of dollars. Al Capone's gang was so big and profitable they compared themselves to U.S. Steel.The FBI tried to stop the organized crime by raiding their breweries and speakeasies but they were not very successful. The gangs also made money by extorting the local merchants for protection money. If someone did not pay the gang would be violent and make the merchant wish they had paid. Organized crime was major cities like New York & Chicago.

Prohibition made it illegal to make, distribute or sell liquor. This created a demand that the organized crime families took advantage of starting bootlegging operations. Bootlegging is the illegal production and distribution of alcohol. The gangs ran huge operations that included liquor stills, distillaries, and speakeasies. They were very profitable operations for the crime families. They were large operations that included trucks, drivers, warehouses, bookkeepers and lawyers.

Prohibition became law in 1920 as the Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Prohibition made it illegale to sell, manufacture, & transprort alcoholic beverages. Their was a movement that began in the 19th century called the temperance movement which at first called for moderation but later abstinence in the drinking of alcohol. This cut the consumption of alcohol but did not totally eliminate it.

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Al Capone (organized Crime)


Leading up to prohibition in the late 19th century some American evangelical groups called for moral reform. They wanted to reduce the consumption of alcohol this lead in 1919 to the Eighteenth Amedment along with the Volstead Act that made the production, possession, and sale of alcholic beverages illegal. Then in the 1920's prohibition era led to organized crime trafficking liquor illegally.Prohibition ended in 1933 with the Twenty first Amendment was passed.

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