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Al Capone: Scarface Essay

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The Great Depression had strong effects on many families in the early 1900's. Many people were left with out jobs or homes. Most unemployed workers turned to the West, such as California, to search for new jobs to support their families. Once they got there, they realized that most opportunities had been taken. Then there are the others who took matters in their own hands. Revolting against the government became a new trend. The single greatest leader of illegal scams, which defied the United States government, was Al Capone.Al Capone was born on January 17, 1899, in Brooklyn, New York. Baptized "Alphonse Capone" by his father Gabriele and his mother Teresina. Capone was the first of his family to be born in America. He grew up in a rough neighborhood and was a member of two "kid gangs", the Brooklyn Rippers and the Forty Thieves Juniors. Capone, at age fourteen, was expelled from school when he physically lost his temper with his teacher. He never went to school again. Between scams he was a clerk in a candy store, a pin boy in a bowling alley, and a cutter in a bookbindery.At age eighteen, Capone became part of the notorious "Five Points" gang in Manhattan and worked as a bouncer and a bartender in the Harvard Inn, owned by gangster Frankie Yale. While working at the Inn, Capone insulted a beautiful lady and was attacked by her brother. This was where Capone received the infamous facial scars, which lead to his nickname "Scarface".Capone later went on to work for Frankie Yale's old mentor, John Torrio. Torrio noticed Capone's potential, strength, and intelligence. Soon Capone was helping Torrio manage his bootlegging business. Capone was made Torrio's right-hand man; and together, they controlled saloons, gambling houses, and brothels.It wasn't until rival gang members shot Torrio, that Capone inherited the "outfit" and became boss. To keep the neighbors suspicions down Capone posed as a dealer in secondhand furniture. In reality Capone controlled speakeasies, bookie joints, gambling houses, brothels, and made an income of $100,000,000 a year.Capone's most notorious killing was the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. On February 14, 1929, four Capone men entered a garage at 2122 N. Clark Street, in Chicago. The building was the main liquor headquarters of bootlegger George "Bugs" Moran's North Side Gang. Capone's assassination team changed into police uniforms and drove to the garage in a stolen police car. The men raided the garage as though they were the police arresting the gang. The bootleggers did as they were told, and lined up against the wall obediently. The four men in police uniforms took the bootleggers' guns and opened fire with two machine guns, a sawed-off shot gun, and a .45. Capone's men fired more than 150 bullets into the gang members. Six of the seven killed were members of Moran's gang and the seventh was an unlucky friend. Capone was hiding out in Florida during the massacre!Al Capone had a strong effect on...

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