Organized Crime During the Roaring Twenties

Better Essays
The 1920's, or the Roaring Twenties as this epoch is often referred to as, was a major turning point in America history. During this time period many American citizens believed and even acted out of hedonism. This mindset of the general population and along with other dilemmas led to a stunning and rapid increase in the amount of organized crime. The sudden uproar of organized crime during the 1920's was caused mainly by prohibition that gave rise to many street gangs, all with one man at its helm, which caused a massive increase in police forces. During the 1920's, the eighteenth amendment was enacted making the sale and consumption of alcohol illegal throughout the entire United States. This time period is referred to as the age of prohibition. Many people thought that Prohibition was an extraordinary idea that would be the answer to the nation's problems. Reverend Billy Sunday, a famous reverend at the time, stated, "The reign of tears is over... we will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses... Hell will forever be for rent,"( Although the sale of alcohol was illegal, many people still wanted to drink. This desire gave rise to many criminal organizations that would later specialize in the illegal act of bootlegging. These criminal organizations did not just stop at bootlegging. They soon realized the amount of money they could make so they quickly began to open their very own "businesses" for heinous criminal activities. These places where known as speakeasies and where created to better criminal organizations profits by illegally marketing alcohol. Along with the illegal marketing of alcohol, criminal organizations also opened houses of prostitution and began to participate in extreme... ... middle of paper ... ...ime. All of these changes have and will forever have an impact on the future generations of not only America, but the world. Works Cited "Albany." Organized Crime and Prohibition. N.p.. Web. 1 Jan 2014. . "Chicagohs." Al Capone. N.p.. Web. 22 Jan 2014. . "Encyclopedia Americana." Mafia. 16. Danbury, Connecticut: Howes, Kelly. The Roaring Twenties Biographies. Farmington Hills, Minnesota: Thomas Gale, 2006. Print. O'Brien, John "The St. Valentines Day Massacre." Chicago Tribune 14 Feb 1929, n. page. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. . Simpson, Melissa. "Organized Crime." The Roaring Twenties. Lovington High School. 701 W Ave K, Lovington, NM. 22 1 2014. Lecture.
Get Access