Al Capone's Subculture

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America had vast economic power during the 1920s, otherwise known as the Roaring Twenties. The era consisted of the alcohol prohibition, gangsters, the Jazz Age and the Klu Klux Klan. Jobs paid well and there was an abundance of spare cash. Hire Purchase agreements were introduced and as was buying shares on the stock market. This contributed towards the wealth of the middle class. The middle class enjoyed lavish lifestyles with a standard of living that was much higher than any other country worldwide. There were however many criminals and gangsters behind the scenes. One of the renowned gangster was Al Capone, who’s rise and fall contributed towards the American subculture. The subculture of America at the time was diverse. A subculture is…show more content…
Organised crime can be described as ‘a serious crime planned, coordinated and conducted by people working together on a continuing basis’. People who participated in organised crime were mainly motivated by financial gain. Al Capone was first arrested for charges of murder, but was never tried because nobody admitted to knowing anything about the matter. He moved to Chicago in 1919. Capone then worked for his role model (John Torrio). Torrio noticed Capone’s intelligence and the two soon began working together managing a bootlegging business. The two worked as partners managing saloons, gambling houses and bars, even though the sale of alcohol was illegal. Bootlegging was seen as essential by the middle class and gangs during the 1920s after the prohibition of alcohol in…show more content…
Due to the prohibition laws, more and more people turned to criminal activity and looked up to gangsters such as Al Capone as heroes. Organised crime was dangerous, but an easy source of income. Organised crime supplied booze and labour racketeering. Al Capone was also involved in creating a corrupt police force and government departments. The aims of prohibition were completely disregarded, and crime and violence increased significantly. Violence and unemployment increased during this time. People were not afraid of bribing government officials and it was recorded that only 5% of the alcohol produced was confiscated by the police. The illegal booze market was very successful, but the quality of alcohol was shocking. People tried making homemade alcohol, which often resulted in alcohol poisoning and many people died from consuming this alcohol. People went so far as to brewing alcohol in their bathtubs as a source of alcohol that they could either keep for themselves or sell on the black market. Al Capone supplied this “bad” alcohol to the middle class and could be responsible for many of the alcohol poisoning
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