History Vs. Hollywood: The Untouchables The Untouchables is an action packed movie, set in Chicago, 1920s. Crime controls the city, the system has gone corrupt, and people are dying. Chicago has a major problem, a cruel, and rich gangster named Al Capone. Capone is notorious in the city for the illegal distribution of liquor, and brutal acts of enforcing his business. Who will stop Capone from enforcing his monstrous agenda?
On June 5 of 1931 capone was found guilty of 22 counts of tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years of prison. He was sent to Atlanta but was later transfer to Alcatraz. After six years Capone was sent to a mental hospital where his health rapidly decrease. Finally he died in Miami 1947 spending the last minutes with his wife. After his dead a New York Times headline trumpeted, “End of an Evil Dream.” during that period Capone was loved and hated by the media and the public.
Moreover, the most severe example of nativism in the United States was the resurgence of the KKK. They used modern advertising method to gain 5 million members by 1925. The KKK in this time period were not against only African Americans, but also Catholics, Jews, foreigners, and suspected Communists, due to the Red Scare. They used cruel punishments as tactics to intimidate anybody deemed as “un-American”. From whipping, tar and feathering, and even hanging, the KKK was ruthless.
The Preparedness Day parade was designed to lift morale in San Francisco in anticipation of the possible entry of the United States into World War I. Before the event, anti-war activists were harshly critical and during the parade a suitcase bomb went off, killing 10 and wounding 40. Labor leaders Thomas Mooney and Warren Billings were convicted of the crime and were both eventually sentenced to life in prison. After the two men spent 20 years in jail, Democrat Governor Culbert Olson grew concerned about whether they received a fair trial and pardoned them. At age 29, Rudolph was the perpetrator of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, which occurred on July 27, 1996, during the 1996 Summer Olympics.
FILM SUMMARY The Godfather is a film produced in 1975, set in the 1940’s. It follows the Corleone family, an Italian Mafia clan, as they get tangled up in a war between the other families residing in the USA. Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt at assassination, and his son, Michael is forced to step in as his father’s replacement. In the movie, there are several negotiation scenes. • Bonasera vs Vito Corleone • Michael vs Moe Green • Vito vs family leaders THE CONFLICT The main conflict in The Godfather is the ongoing war between the multiple mafia families that reside in the US.
It created a large number of bootleggers who were able to supply the public with illegal alcohol. Even most Americans viewed the amendment as a challenge and proceeded to produce and consume alcohol anyway causing many law abiding citizens to become criminals themselves. The introduction of prohibition in 1919 created numerous issues in American society. Prohibition had been a long-standing issue in America, with groups promoting it since the late eighteenth century. The movement grew tremendously during the nineteenth century.
The 1920’s was an era filled with new changes and inventions, cultural developments and numerous political conflicts. In January of 1920, the 18th amendment placed a ban on the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcohol. Organized crime was already present, but the Prohibition Era drastically increased its activity. The closure of all alcohol related companies was the main reason behind increased unemployment ; diligent Americans suddenly were drinking a banned substance. During these tough times, families turned to crime in order to make fast money.
This story makes me think about OJ Simpson, he was acquitted for the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman, but a year later he lost a civil suit to their parents which essentially made him guilty of the murders. But long before either jury had a chance to vote on his innocence or guilt he was found guilty in the “court” of public opinion. The public opinion vote will haunt Simpson through his entire life, people will always see him as guilty and think he got away with murder. Much like OJ, the chief will have the “court” of public opinion to contend with the rest of his career in Pamlico county. Whether the chief is innocent or guilty, this will tarnish his reputation and people may not trust him the way they once did.
Crimes nearly skyrocketed due to the bootleggers organized crime of transportation and sales to sneak alcohol. Bootleggers began their smuggling of liquor into the United States by crossing the Canadian and Mexican borders and ship transportation from the Bahamas and Cuba. The smuggling became even more riskier and more expensive once the Coast Guards started searching the ships from coast to coast but bootleggers had other sources of supply. Gangs began to take control of the bootlegging industry and go from state to state picking up more people. Al Capone was the leader during the Prohibition era of Chicago.
The St. Valentine’s Massacre does not explicitly occur in The Great Gatsby, but an event similar to the massacre destroys Gatsby. Returning from New York, Daisy murders Myrtle Wilson by running over her with a car. When Gatsby is asked who committed the crime, he knows Daisy was driving “but of course [he will] say [he] was” (143). Gatsby decides even though he was not the one behind the wheel, he will take the fall for Daisy. Thus, he was not the perpetrator of the incident and accepting the fault is to further his hope that he will achieve capturing Daisy.
Black markets were developed; homicides increased and large complex societies of organized crimes were created only creating a more hostile and dangerous environment for the people of America. Selling alcohol, which was once
Attorney General for prohibition enforcement. she wrote this document about how congressmen and senators were being alcoholics. She was upset that the men who wrote the volstead act, an act against alcohol, were too bootleggers. In document D it says “Bootleggers infest the halls and corridors of the congress and ply their trade there.” During prohibition homicide rates took a great rise. document B shows that prohibition caused more people to kill, most likely to get the alcohol they couldn 't live without.