Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mafia vs. Gangsters

During the time of Prohibition the Mafia/Gangsters were becoming more powerful than ever. People during this time weren’t making much money and so they found a way to earn it by selling alcohol illegally. These people were known as "bootleggers" because they smuggled liquor in their boots. In order to have places to drink, they made illegal underground bars that they called "speakeasies". In order to get into these bars they had to whisper a secret password. In the bars there were women selling themselves (a.k.a. prostitutions) and also gambling. Because the law of prohibition, gangsters profited a lot from these bars.

This time era was a time of corruption. There was a lot of violence in the 1920’s and much of this violence came from gangsters. Al Capone was one of the most famous gangsters. His actual name was Alphonse Capone. He and his family were immigrants from Italy. As a family, they didn’t have much money. After the 6th grade, he quit school. People also referred to him as Al, Scarface.

The 1920’s were filled with violence. The gangsters during this time killed anyone and everyone, even innocent people. Often times they would try to bootleg in people’s stores, and if they would not cooperate, the gangsters would kill them. This was a dramatic time for the people of the 1920’s and luckily they eventually got out of it.


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