Summary Of La Cosa Nostr The History Of The New York Mafia
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The Mafia promoted feelings of brotherhood and love as they incorporated desperate innocents into a family that accompanies them during their worst moments in life. In the documentary La Cosa Nostra: The History of the New York Mafia, the director Amoruso insists upon the fact that poor Italian immigrants who didn’t trust or understand the American authorities go to the Blackhand with their problems and grievances (La Cosa Nostra: The History of the New York Mafia). The Blackhand resembles a father as the people go to him to seek refuge and a family to help them. Vinny, a former mob member, said in the documentary that all he wanted to do was be a made man in the mafia (La Cosa Nostra: The History of the New York Mafia). Since they perceive the protection the mafia provides, people want to be a part of it and feel protected too. Besides protection and seeking of justice and help from the American authorities, the struggle for unemployment opened the doors to bootlegged alcohol.
Alcohol held all people’s lives together. It was involved in their daily jobs, it paid their bills, and the month’s groceries. Alcohol was relied on to such an extent that people turned to illegal production and selling of alcohol due to the struggle for unemployment. Nash argues the fact that “Violence on the streets increased as did unemployment. The closure of all alcohol related industries was the main reason behind increased unemployment, hard working Americans suddenly were drinking a banned