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Al Capone: A Gangster In Chicago

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Al Capone was a notorious gangster in Chicago during the years of Prohibition. He came to power when his partner and mentor, Johnny Torrio, fled Chicago for Italy fearing death threats. Torrio left Capone in charge to run a massive bootlegging, prostitution, gambling, and extortion business that made about $100,000,000 annually. Since these activities that Capone conducted were extremely illegal, Capone managed to bribe or blackmail officials to keep himself and his men out of jail. The government had a very difficult time trying to capture Capone because of his power, celebrity status, and money. After years of trying to catch Capone and send him to jail, the government finally succeeded. Instead of arresting Capone on accounts of murder, bootlegging, gambling, prostitution, extortion, etc. the government arrested him due to tax evasion. Despite its efforts, the United States Government did not do enough to stop Al Capone from terrorizing the city of Chicago during Prohibition.
“The reign of tears is over. The slums will soon be a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will walk upright now, women will smile and children will laugh. Hell will be forever for rent.” This quote was spoken after the passing of Prohibition by Reverend Billy Sunday during a sermon. His beliefs on how Prohibition would positively impact the country reflected most of America’s views. The people believed that with no alcohol, the world would be a better place. The XVII Amendment states that, “After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.” Prohibition was put into effect in 1920, but it only lasted until 1933. It was thought that, “The nation's health would improve dramatically without alcohol, and that crime would drop. It was also claimed that other industries, like dairy, would prosper as other types of beverages increased in popularity to fill the void left by the absence of alcohol. Juvenile delinquency was also supposed to be virtually eliminated, and the average workers productivity was also supposed to increase, leading to an increase in economic prosperity for the nation.” Many women were very supportive of the law banning alcohol because they believed that their husbands would no longer come home drunk, and that they could stay with them at home more often. Politically, many congressmen were in favor of prohibition because most of the country was in favor of it. Hoping for re-election, many congressmen respected the desires of their constituents and agreed to vote for the eighteenth amendment. Economically, many businesses were also in favor of prohibition because, “Many laborers got drunk and so they could not perform the job properly. The...

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