Gangster Al Capone's Rise To Power

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The gangster Al capone was of great importance for the US during the 19ths in the great depression. For example, he contributed to the development of the understanding that people and laws can be change at any time for the reason or circumstances necessary. This shows how even when laws are created to protect the common good they can do the complete opposite of what was expected. This also shows that no side is completely good or bad but can be modify to get the support of people. In addition the acts of Al Capone show great importance for a future that can be repeated if the government doesn't understand its people.
Approximately during the 1930s the world as a whole suffered from the great depression. An economic crisis that began in the
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Torrio was the leader of a criminal group that was known for bootleg(make,distribute,or sell illicit goods) in this case the distribution of alcohol and was politically protected through the Unione siciliana. The actions of a opposite gang known as North side was very relevant in Capone's rise to power and his complete history. It started when North Side gang tried to kill Torrio, that made him decide to go into retirement handing control to Capone. As the lider Capone decided expand the bootlegging business using violence and making it an organization that had a transportation network that reached to Canada. At that point bootleggers had a serious need for protection which introduced high levels of violence. Capone is seen as playing an important role in the victories of Republican William Hale Thompson, especially in the 1927 mayoral race when Thompson campaigned for a wide open town hinting that he would reopen illegal salons. Such a proclamation helped his campaign gain the support of Capone which decided to give him a contribution of $250,000. In addition voting booths were targeted by Capone's bombers in parts where Thompson's opponents were thought to have more support, this caused the murder of lawyer Octavius Granady, an African American who challenged Thompson's candidate for the African American vote, and was chased through the streets on polling day before…show more content…
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. When prohibition was finally taken off in 1933 people started to argue that it was not really justice what the government did to Capone . On the other hand we can see how Capone was responsible for the murder and ordering the murders of a lot of people and his acts of violence will remain as the main point of his legacy in which people will remember him. Capone’s image as one of the most terrible persons in america history will life forever as the dangerous gangster America faced. This will remain long after his death in the many films and books that had been inspired on his

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