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This Is A Research Essay About The Mafia And The People And Events In It. It Mentions Many Of The Biggest Names In The History Of The Mafia. It Also Enlightens Us To The Early Beginning Of The Mafia

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From the beginning to the end, the mafia has left an impression on our society. The history of the Mafia is not definite but many believe that the Mafia was born in order to protect and help the less fortunate. The origins of the mafia date back to the ninth century when Sicily was ruled by Arabic forces. This is when the mafia arose, in efforts to gain back their freedom. Even after the mafia gained freedom from the Arabic forces, there were more to come. In the eleventh century Sicily was taken over by the Normans, and again in the fifteenth century by the Spaniards. Throughout these invasions the mafia has defended Sicily. As a result of this, the mafia has become a patriotic symbol for ...view middle of the document...

In the eleventh century Sicily was taken over by the Normans, and again in the fifteenth century by the Spaniards. Throughout these invasions the mafia has defended Sicily. As a result of this, the mafia has become a patriotic symbol for Sicilians. In this society, known as the Mafia, many Dons or chiefs arose as leaders of their so-called families in their local cities in Sicily. In 1876 a mafia don named, Raffaele Palizzolo ran for political office in Caccamo, Sicily and won by a large margin. Voters were forced to vote for Palizzolo by gunpoint as the ballots were checked for Palizzolo's name. While ruling the national government, Palizzolo also conducted various activities as a don in the mafia. Then in 1887, Francesco Crispi, also a don in the mafia, ran for prime minister of Sicily and won. His success was greatly credited to Palizzolo. By the nineteenth century Sicily was controlled completely by the mafia. They controlled all of the islands government. Soon, they would try to expand into the mainland of Italy, but they would be unsuccessful, because it had been controlled by the criminal power know as Camorra for a long time. In the 1890s thousands of men from the mafia came to the United States of America in hope of new opportunities.The mafia is broken down into various families. It may not necessarily be a relation by blood but it's like a gang inside of a gang. Throughout the mafia's history there have been some families that particularly stand out from the rest. For instance, the Gambino family was the most powerful family in 1976. Carlo Gambino molded his family to be one of the biggest most successful, richest and influential families in the United States. Carlo Gambino was born in Sicily in august of 1982. As a teenager Carlo would work for one of the most powerful mafia dons in Sicily at the time Carlo's superiors noticed his potential to be an imposing figure of the mafia when he was only 19. Soon after his superiors notices this he was formally introduced into the Nostra family, the most powerful family in Sicily at the time. Gambino was very intelligent and had a talent for judging situations and people; this would do him good in his future with the mafia. In his mid twenties Carlo left Sicily to go to the U.S. After a few years in the U.S. Carlo ended up in New York to become the boss of his own family, and by killing off other families bosses, he gained control of their families and soon became the boss of New York. Then in 1976 Carlo Gambino died peacefully and gave his final order that Paul Castellano was to take over the family.At the time of World War One, Anthony Anastasia snuck off a cargo ship at a Brooklyn dock. It didn't take the brothers long to control much of the rackets on the Brooklyn waterfront. Anthony was thick and muscular with enormous hands, and he was very violent. Albert was a tough kid and was known to have a very short temper. This became obvious to all around him when at the age of twenty; he...

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