During these tough times, families turned to crime in order to make fast money. The 18th amendment was supposed to eliminate the “evil” in human society, but in reality crime increased and led to a major downfall in society. Organized Crime in the 1920s paved the way
The mobsters way of profit was found through robbery, bootlegging racketeering and extortion. Through the 1920s, there was a constant grip on society from the mobster’s hand that created a tight hold on the city’s ergonomics. (Infamous) The drinking of alcohol was illegal in the 1920s, which caused many Americans to develop hidden bars or speakeasies to drink their alcoholic beverages. While the Eighteenth “Amendment officially” banned alcohol production, many states “already” had laws prohibiting alcohol. “During the 1920s Prohibition era, when the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution banned the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcoholic beverages, Italian-American gangs (along with other ethnic gangs) entered the booming bootleg liquor business” (Infamous).
There are also countries that are driving out some of its citizens just because they are of different race and are supposedly a threat to the country’s economy. These are not new scenes. We have seen these all too often enough in the past that we know what might happen, but some just choose to ignore them. The movie Swing Kids (1993), shows how history can affect ones life and vice versa. It tells the story of Peter Muller who is caught in a complicated situation of being a Hitler Jugend by day and Swing Kid by night during pre-World War II.
During the 1920s, and also shown throughout the book The Great Gatsby, organized crime was rampant with bootleggers controlling the flow of alcohol, crime bosses killing people in their way, and organized crime powers that control institutions. One way that organized crime ran rampant through the 1920s is bootlegging, bootlegging was an illegal way of making alcohol because of the prohibition, which was a ban on all alcoholic beverages. In the 1920s, a major bootlegger and gangster was Al Capone ,others refer to him behind his back as "scar face", one of his main jobs was "The illegal sale of liquor, called bootlegging, became a growth industry, especially in urban areas such as Detroit, New York, and Chicago, where the
Organized crime this way decided to enter the illegal booze selling in order to take advantage of this situation and increase their power and influence in the society, much of the work wasn’t able to be achieved alone so the criminal organizations started inviting more and more people who as mentioned before needed money in order to support their families or themselves into this dangerous but well-paying life. Alphonse Capone was undoubtedly the figure of the prohibition time, known as Al Capone was a famous gangster of that time. His fortune indeed, like that of many other prominent criminals of those years, was achieved through the alcohol trade in the black market. Al Capone was supplied alcohol from Florida, Mexico and Canada, as well as by some clandestine Chicago distillers, then reselling these bottles to the "Speakeasy" who were places where booze was sold to the public illegally. Al Capone in one of his interviews released a shocking statement: "I made money by providing a product requested by the people.
Al Capone was historically significant, because his childhood highly affected his actions as an adult. He became a well-known mobster during the 1920s, he made almost $100 million annually, and he eventually went to jail for tax evasion. Al Capone was born on January 17, 1899. His real name was Alphonse Capone. He lived with his mother, father and eight siblings.
Francis “Bret” Harte’s wild-western short story The Outcasts of Poker Flat focuses on a man named John Oakhurst. Taking place in California in the 1850s, residents resorted to gambling as a way of life. Oakhurst was a successful gambler and poker player who always won money from the residents of Poker Flat. A committee was secretly created with the purpose of casting out immoral people. Because of Oakhurst’s various successes as a gambler, he had taken the money of many people in the town some of which were members of the secret committee.
Third, he shrouds Gatsby in vagueness and limits the reader’s knowledge about his business affairs. The first way that Fitzgerald shows Gatsby as a sinister gangster is by making him similar to the gangsters of that era. Instead of grimy thugs, the wealthy criminals of Gatsby time were just like him: rich, powerful, and affluent. (1) We see this when Gatsby goes to meet Meyer Wolfshiem. Wolfshiem is described as a “gambler” and “The man who fixed the 1919 World Series” but he has
People define the American Dream on the base of their necessity and wisdom. Thomson and his attorney made the journey of Vegas to find their American Dream. Furthermore, during the journey, they felt how American counter culture distracted common people’s American Dream. Thomson describes that the excessive use of drugs and alcohol, which made easily distract to immigrant from their real goal of American Dream. He spent all his money behind hotel, transportation, drugs, restaurant, and on the bar which are normally the symbol of excessive life style while it was completely opposite of the normal people’s American Dream.
Gangsters like Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger were taking over big cities. Prohibition was the main cause of organized crime in 1920. Many people were upset about the decision to ban alcohol. Unemployment was at its high and everyone was trying to make a quick buck. Americans turned to crime and the illegal merchandising of alcohol.