Worst of times in the 1920's

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Worst of times in the 1920's

Speakeasies and bootleggingSpeakeasies are illegal bars durig prohibition in the 1920's. Bootlegging was the making and selling of alcohol, mainly moonshine. In order to get into a speakeasy you would often need a special knock, hand shake, or password. The earliest bootleggers began smuggling foreign made liquor into the united states. They started bottling their own liquor by the late 1920's. Al Capone made $60 million from bootleg operations and speakeasies.

Rise of the KKK and lynchingThe Ku Klux Klan (KKK) were group of people that were torturous. The KKK extended into almost every sounthern state. Members of the klan were masked and dressed in long white robes and hoods. Their goal was to defeat radical reconstruction in the south. The KKK usually attacked at night, since it was dark it would be easier. Once 500 masked members attacked the union county, jail and killed eight black prisoners.


Rise of organised crimeThe American Mafia is an Italian-American organized crime network with operations in cities across the United States, mostly New York and Chicago. After Prohibition, the Mafia moved into other criminal ventures, from drug dealing to illegal gambling, while also gaining labor unions and legitimate businesses such as construction and New York’s garment industry. The Mafia’s violent crimes, secret rituals and infamous people such as Al Capone and John Gotti have drew the public and become a part of popular culture. During the later part of the 20th century, the government used anti-racketeering laws to find guilt in high-ranking mobsters and weaken the Mafia. However, it remains in business today.

Worst of Times In The 1920's

By~Jess Nicholsen


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