Mobsters in the 1920’s
In the Progressive Era, Back when Prohibition was an active law Mobsters such as, Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, and Pretty Boy Floyd in the 1920’s had the economy wrapped around their finger. Prohibition became a law that banned businesses from making, and manufacturing ,the transportation, importation and sale of alcoholic beverages lasting from 1920 to 1933. From urbanization to the social and economic problems that were introduced to the U.S. had the country in shambles . Therefore it refers to Progressivism which started out as a social movement and became a political movement. This era covered topics such as female suffrage, workplace conditions, the rapid growth of urbanization, the law of prohibition, and of …show more content…
He grew up living a normal life in Brooklyn, New York unlike other gangsters who lived in poverty but lived in a slum. Living in a ethnically diverse area exposed a young Capone to the different cultures. Still though it was a tough area, where he had to become a man quicker than needed be. His family was the stereotypical italian american family, abiding laws and good working jobs. There really weren’t any big indicators that he would become involved in a life of crime ,and be a target for the rest of his life. Capone at the age of 14 dropped out and eventually met his partner and mentor the infamous Johnny Torrio. Giving him the greatest influence on what the gangster lifestyle was all about. Teaching Capone that he should remain respectable whilst running a illegal and dangerous business. Thus starting it all from his first murder for a friend that was assaulted in the street by a thug, shooting him dead in a bar. Another of Capone’s missions was bootlegging whiskey from the trail in Chicago. His first warrant for being arrested was due to the failure of that mission, after the death of Billy Mcswiggin. After his arrest and release he pulled off the biggest and memorable event of the area. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre dealing with Bugs Moran and the North Side gang were lured in by a …show more content…
Who gave Chicago a beautiful nightmare with his economic control over the government, and police. Pretty Boy Floyd displaying that a man coming from nothing will do what it takes to survive. Finally Machine Gun Kelly contributing to the economic growth shedding life on young teens pursuing illegal jobs. In the 1920’s they had the economy wrapped around their finger, due to the Great Depression and Social, Political, and Economic crises of the U.S.
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They had been a risk for a considerable length of time. Moran had even once attempted to murder Capone 's associate and companion Jack McGurn. The choice by Capone and McGurn to profit themselves of Moran was to prompt to a standout amongst the most notorious gangland slaughters in history — The St Valentine 's Day Slaughter. On Thursday, February 14, 1929, at 10:30am Bugs Moran and his posse were baited by a peddler into a carport to purchase bourbon. McGurn 's men would sit tight for them, wearing stolen police uniforms; the thought being that they would arrange a fake strike.
Moran was now trying to kill Capone's hit man Jack MgGurn who was also known as "Machine Gun" Jack MgGurn. Capone and MgGurn decided to take action by trying to kill Moran on February 14, 1929, MgGurn's gunmen were dressed up as policemen and they killed seven of Moran's men, but not Moran who managed to escape because he was told of the danger before they got to the garage where the shoot out happened. This event came to be known as the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre. " After the massacre Capone was named "Public Enemy Number One." Due to the massacre it caused the federal government to make their efforts greater to try and put Capone behind bars.
But why did he, Al Capone, became the man as we know him today? As I said, Capone was from a respectable and professional family. His father, Gabriele, was one of the thousands of Italians who arrived in New York in 1894. He was a educated man, 30 years old and from Naples where he earned a living as a barber. His wife, Al Capone's mother, Teresa was bringing up two sons: 2-year old son Vincenzo and infant son Raffaele, but she was also pregnant.
Al Capone was raised on the rough side of Brooklyn. He got started with small crimes, like robbery and theft. Then later when Capone was around the age of 20 he moved to Chicago so he could manage his nightclub. ("Alcatraz") Al became a rich man very quickly.
His parents moved there thinking it would create a better life and give young Capone more opportunities compared to where they previously lived; little did they know, this would be the place where their child would meet all the wrong people. It was said that once he moved outside of Brooklyn “Capone would meet both his future wife, Mary Mae Coughlin, and his mob mentor, numbers racketeer Johnny Torrio” (History). The only positive person Capone met once he moved was his future wife. His wife, Mae Capone, didn’t bring any negative aspects into Capone’s life like everybody else did, however, she never made much of an effort to stop him from hanging with, Johnny Torrio, one of the greatest mobsters at the time. His involvement with Torrio influenced him to become a mobster in his own right, and a good one at
Throughout history, there have been many ups and downs within American society. One period of time in which American economy was undoubtedly booming was the 1920s. The 1920s were a such an important period that there was even a name to define it - the Golden Age. As the Prohibition progressed, public disregard for the Prohibition led to significant changes in American culture. In addition to this, Prohibition enforcement was also occurring.
The 1920s, also known as the “Roaring Twenties”, was an exhilarating time full of significant social, economic, and political change. For most Americans, it was full of the prosperity and peace that followed World War I. Middle-class life was full of leisure and class. For others, this time period was filled with hardships and challenges. Many immigrants and African-Americans faced discrimination and segregation from the rest of the United States. One notable, positive aspect of the 1920s was its booming economy.
Guns, gangs, women, alcohol, gambling, are just some things that come to mind when I hear prohibition. According to the online source American History, The Prohibition is the act of prohibiting the manufacturing, storage, transportation, and sale of alcohol, including any alcoholic beverage. This led to the biggest crime rates of all time. At the head of all the crime was one man. His name, Alphonse Capone aka (Scarface) .
1920’s DBQ The 1920’s were a period of tension between the traditionalists and modernists. The tension between these two groups was aroused by the economical advancements, social developments, and cultural changes in the 1920s. These tensions were manifested by the economic outburst and the passing of certain laws.
Alphonse Gabriel Capone, an American gangster who achieved prominence during the Prohibition era. Capone was a organized crime boss for seven years, ending when he was 33 years old. Al Capone was a Five-Points gang member; Italian-American gang. Before Capone became famous for his crimes he was a bodyguard for Johnny Torrio; head of illegally supplying alcohol. After Torrio was shot several times, he handed over the business to Capone at the age of 26.
“Thus came prohibition to the United States. Middle-class Americans—striving to revitalize and preserve American democracy and to usher in a new era of humanity, achievement, and progress—turned to prohibition as one device to achieve their goals.” (Callow) The Prohibition was a time where in the United States the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal from 1920-1933. It was the 18th amendment which prohibited alcohol in the United States and it states, “The manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.”
The 1920’s was an interesting time in American history. This era was also known as the roaring twenties. Although it is remembered as a fond time before the Great Depression there was also a lot of conflicts arising, Cultural conflicts in particular were at the center. Prohibition and Immigration were two of the main cultural conflicts during this time period.
In the 1920’s, America reached its highest standard of living. American citizens were making more money, working less, spending more time on leisure activities, and buying expensive items, such as cars. A middle class America was developing, suburbs were constructed, and the new workweek was shortened to five days a week. Despite this boom of prosperity, the changes in America from 1920 to 1945 were primarily detrimental. The United States began the 20th century on excess, but this excess eventually overflowed and left America high and dry.
When his parents got married, they decided that they could find a better life in America. When they got to America with four of Al Capone’s siblings, they had no money. So, when Capone was born he was born into a poor immigrant family. Al Capone was actually was from a respectable, professional family. Nobody thought that he was going to become an American famous criminal.
But his downfall started on The Saint Valentine Massacre. This was an attempt to kill the new leader of NSG, Bugs Moran. Capone rented an apartment across the road of NSGs headquarters to see all their movements, and habits. Lookouts signaled for gunmen disguised as police to start an attack on the building.