Al Capone Essay Research Paper Prohibition led

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Al Capone Essay, Research Paper Prohibition led to the bootlegging of liquor and the gang wars of the 1920?s. The most notorious gangster of all time, known as Al Capone, was the most powerful mob leader of his era. He dominated organized crime in the Chicago area from 1925 until 1931. Capone grew up during the roaring 20s in Chicago. He joined the James Street gang, lead by Johnny Torrio. In 1920, Torrio asked Capone to move to Chicago and work with his uncle who controlled the city?s largest prostitution and gambling ring at the time. Capone had liked that idea. Later that year the Prohibition act came into affect and Capone became interested in selling illegal whiskey and other alcoholic beverages. Al Capone was America’s best known gangster and greatest symbol of

destruction of law and order in the United States during the Prohibition era because of his leading role in the illegal activities which gave Chicago its reputation as a lawless city. Capone?s network came through Torrio?s business. Capone and Torrio took over his uncles business after his uncle died (Haller, 358). Torrio?s uncle did not agree with Capone?s idea in the first place. His uncle was shot by his rival, which gave the business to Torrio. They both created the selling of illegal alcohol in the city of Chicago (Haller 359). This impacted the U.S. because it gave many men and women beverages for their needs. Capone developed contacts to obtain imported liquor from Detroit, New York, and Miami (Haller 360). These purchases gave Capone power and wealth because he sold

alcohol all over Chicago. After Torrio was shot and almost killed by a rival gang, he retired from the underworld, which left Capone to run the organization alone (World Biography). Now Capone was on the top of his organization and at the age of 26, he was managing more than 1,000 employees, which included a payroll of more than $300,000 a week (World Biography). Capone demanded loyalty from all of his employees. During this time Capone became so rich he gave out free food for Chicago?s unemployed which made him look like a good influence. Unemployed people did not care that the money he gave them was made illegally, to them money was money. Capone also supplied booze to the poor. ?Even though bootlegging was illegal at this point in time, if you got people alcohol, you were

respected by the community?(Kobler). People were in the depression at the time, and they were fortunate enough just to receive a little something even though it came from bootlegging. In a way Capone also made another contribution. Capone contributed to the repealing of the eighteenth amendment, and then later on the twenty-first amendment (Kobler). Throughout the Depression, Capone helped people struggle through the tough times by supplying them with food, money, clothing and alcohol. Since Capone was such a huge criminal, the law enforcement contributed to American society to find a way to stop Capone. ?One group that was formed because of him was the Untouchables? (Bergreen). The FBI was also formed because of crime such as the Mafia. More and more police stations were built

because of crime, and now today people have more protection because of all the different kinds of crime prevention agencies. If Capone and other criminals like him weren?t around at that time, law enforcement might not be were it is today. Capone is still seen as a common thug outside of Chicago from his organization. Capone impacted the United States because he was seen as a common thug through out the world. ?Capone?s power increased enormously, now that he was the leader of the most powerful gang in Chicago? (American Decades CD-ROM). People around the U.S. heard about Capone?s gang, and recognize him as just another common thug. People saw Capone as a low life man involved in organized crime. Capone has never done any time for the murders he has committed (American Decades