Al Capone On Top Of Chicago Essay

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Al Capone On Top Of Chicago Essay, Research Paper Reid BengschMarch 12, 2001Mr. SchauerAP US History Blk. 2Capone On Top of Chicago After the end of World War I, America had immediately felt the effects of what they got themselves into. We started to go in a decline and there was not a whole lot that we could do about it. So we had to make a few changes in all aspects of the country including politically, socially, and economically. We tried a few things just as an experiment and some of it had started to work, but nothing drastic. So then we went out on a limb and tried what was known as the Noble Experiment or what later went in the Constitution(but later repealed) was Prohibition. Granted it was just an experiment, but if only we would have knownthe consequences of what we

had done. In the late 1920 s the rise in organized crime had grown enormously. Amongst the many gangs emerged one man that would change the face of the country. Of course this man was Al Scarface Capone or even the Chicago Gangster. Unfortunately, he setup shop in one of the most lawless cities of the time, Chicago. Capone, born on January 17, 1899 in Brooklyn, has had his hands in gangs since the early age of eleven. He started off in the Five Points gang in New York working for Frankie Yale as a bouncer and a bartender in one of his brothels. Capone was asked to leave Brooklyn in 1919 after an investigation of some murders had been brought up, but no hard evidence was able to be established against him. From there Capone moved to Chicago under the Bengsch 2famed crime boss

Johnny Torrio. He became known once Torrio had him remove his uncle from his position to become Torrio s right hand man. Torrio then had Capone run his bootlegging branch. From there he escalated his business to a multi-million dollar operation. That is why Al Capone is America s best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920 s Prohibition era. When Capone arrived in Chicago things were relatively quiet among the gangs and racketeering business. Even though Capone had many enemies and numerous times was his life threatened he was still able to control them and the business they ran. So basically Capone ran it all and no one could stop him. Every man had a reason to be afraid of him; they didn t call him Public

Enemy #1 for anything. Capone had an ending amount of enemies who in a way were some of his colleagues too. To name a few include Dion O Banion, George Bugs Moran, and Hymie Weiss. Many others hated him, but didn t dare to mess with him. Dion O Banion was one of his main archrivals only until he was assassinated by a few of Capone s friends in 1924 . Up until that day Capone s main problem with O Banion was that he tried to interfere in his bootlegging campaign. One thing Capone did not like was people stopping him from making more money. Besides this Capone did not like how O Banion got things done. O Banion himself was not a scary man. Once referred to as having a perennial-boy likeability. Dion at times Bengsch 3called his enemies swell fellows. Their beef really came when

Dion dragged Capone into an unnecessary murder investigation. Then when Capone s allies, the Genna brothers disgraced Dion s bootlegging company, O Banion hijacked one of the Genna s truckloads. O Banion then setup Torrio to be busted and sent to jail. Capone ran things during the time and knew Dion s fate was sealed. Hymie and Bugs took over O Banion s gang when he died. They both ran it well for awhile, but neither was able to grab a major foothold as a major competition for Capone. Still they were considered a threat especially after Bugs and Weiss pulled up behind his mentor, Torrio, got out and shot up his car. Then they saw him and pumped four bullets in his body. They tried to shoot him point blank, but the gun clip was empty. From then on Capone knew they had to be dealt