Organized Crime In The 1900's

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he History of Organized Crime in America The late 1800’s to early 1900’s was the start of The organized crime network that has many operations throughout the United States, particularly in New York City and Chicago. This was also known as the American Mafia which started with street gangs back in the late 1800’s. These groups made success through illicit liquor trade which started in the 1920’s Prohibition Era. According to History.com, the 18th amendment was ratified which banned manufacturing and sale of intoxicating liquors which was known as the Prohibition period in American History. This was very difficult to enforce because there was a rise in gang violence and other crimes due to the Volstead Act. The Volstead Act was the increase of illegal production and sale in of liquor (AKA “bootlegging”) and, the proliferation of illegal drinking spots (History.com: Prohibition). This caused waning for Prohibition which then came to an end in 1933 when the 21st amendment was proposed and ratified to replace the 18th. “Organized crime is a group of individuals working together to illicit profit through illegal and often violent methods.” (The Crime …show more content…

Due to the fact that there was numerous periods of invasions and exploitations by conquering armies(FBI.gov) these people felt that they could only count on each other and saw organized crime as an opportunity to improve their lives and find protection whether it’s

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