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lower Fifth Avenue,…a sales girl was demonstrating to a fascinated audience a new product. On the counter before her stood a brick of grape concentrate, a gallon glass jug and various accessories. You dissolve the brick in a gallon of water… and it is ready to be used immediately. She than hastened to add some cautionary instruction. Do not place the liquid in this jug and put it away in the cupboard for twenty one days because then it would turn into wine. This example goes on to explain how she conventionally warns the audience not to do any of the things that would make alcohol. The Untouchables shows Al Capone as a very violent and but also cool headed man. We see how violent he can be in the scene when he bashes and man over the head with a baseball bat. This view of him

can also be found in the reading by Cashman. He talks about Capone alot and describes him as bloody, bold and resolute. But on the surface Scarface passed off everything with a shrug. Kobler does not talk about Al Capone as much as Cashman, but does refers to him to be in the public mind the depredation of Chicago gangsterism. Kobler fails to talk about gang violence and focuses more on the ways in which alcohol was made and how Prohibition did not seem to be working. Most of the gang violence was to do with the smuggling in of alcohol. Often the killings were for revenge. If one gang did something to another they would get pay back . In one instance, gangster Dion O Banion was killed because it was believed that he set up Torrio and Capone s gang to get caught in a raid by the

police. Hymie Weiss, who assumed the leadership of the North Side gang, surmised that Torrio and Capone, and the Gennas had planned the assassination… Although know can say for sure if this is true as many crimes that accused Capone did not have enough evidence to know for certain. The Violence of the gangs is evident in the film The Untouchables , and is reaffirmed in the reading of Prohibition: Lie of the Land. This reading gives a very indepth look at how the gangs worked and the important players of this time. It reaffirms the knowledge that is gain from the movie about this theme. It suggest that the movie is portraying the period of prohibition in a realistic manner, in terms of how the gangs dominated in this time. The other reading however does not show many signs of

the gang violence that was evident in this time. Kobler looks at a different angle of the 1920 to early 30 s, and does not tell of how the gangs affected the lives of the people living in this time period. He does show how ordinary people were able to gain access to alcohol and gives many accounts from different people and their views on Prohibition. After watching The Untouchables and then reading the documents my understanding of the theme of gang violence was confirmed, although it is quite clear through the other reading that not all cities in America were ran by notorious gang members. Kobler in presenting a different view shows how not everything revolved around the gangs in this period, however it was a big part and the most well known aspect of the prohibition period. 320