1920s Organized Crime

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Brett Boush English 11 Miss Steiner Mr. Hendershot March 25, 2014 Organized Crime in the 1920s and 1930s Organized Crime in the 1920s and 1930s Have you ever wondered what it would be like in an America with no alcohol? Prohibition greatly impacted America when it was introduced and has continued to affect it since then. The spark from prohibition striking America introduced a widespread plague of organized crime. With organized crime came many changes in the lives from all Americans then until this very day, and continues to affect all of us. Mobsters started running very illegal monopolies as a living and hiring common people to do their dirty work. This lead to some very serious gang related violence. Due to all of this occurring at the same time, it changed the way in which police forces were ran. Prohibition led to widespread organized crime in the 1920s and 1930s because it opened up an illegal monopoly for gangs, initiated gang related violence, and the change it the way police forces operated, forever changing America as a result. Big time Mobsters began setting up some big ideas for big business. Mob bosses, gangs, small time thugs, smugglers and just about anyone who did not mind sneaking around the law had their hands dipped into the moonshine business. The moonshine business was a basic manufacture, sell and repeat business Prohibition had people thinking about making a pretty good profit from doing it. While this was happening big time mobsters began digging into deeper ways of making money. Labor racketeering, selling of drugs and even prostitution really come in to play during this time (Hales). From the prohibition aspect itself, people figured they could make some serious money from selling it. Peopl... ... middle of paper ... ...ough with the times. The men in those gangs were willing to die for the people they worked and many of them did. They would also kill someone in an instant if ordered to or if they crossed their family or gang. Lives were alway in danger during the prohibition era because of the measure people would take to ensure their own safety. it was survival of the fittest and the gangster of the era and organized crime were at the top of the food chain. This violence came for many reasons. Prohibition sparked it, but things such as money, drugs, territory and a few others kept it going. Money for one was very big problem that made gangs violent. In a time where money was few and far between people had to do what was necessary to survive. People Began robbing banks, stealing cars and even killing people for the green little piece of paper that makes the world go around, money.

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