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Alcohol Prohibition Q5

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Sotirios Kopitsas 25 December 2007 Study All the Sources and use your own knowledge. 'Al Capone was viewed by the authorities as Public Enemy Number One.' Use the Sources and your own knowledge to explain whether you agree with this view Prohibition In the United States (1920-1933) was the era during which the United States Constitution outlawed the manufacture, transport, and sale of alcoholic beverages. The term also includes the prohibition of alcohol by state action at different times, and the social-political movement to secure prohibition. Selling, manufacturing, or transporting (including importing and exporting) alcohol for beverage purposes was prohibited by the Eighteenth Amendment. Though drinking and possession of alcohol were not prohibited by the Constitution, they were restricted by the Volstead Act. The effects of Prohibition were largely unanticipated. Production, importation and distribution of alcoholic beverages; the province of legitimate business were taken over by criminal gangs. The top gangsters (like Al Capone) became rich and were admired by many, effectively making murderers into national celebrities. Enforcement was difficult: the gangs became so prosperous that they were often able to entice underpaid and understaffed law-enforcement personnel. ...read more.


As the profits from beer and "alky cooking" (illicit distilling) rolled in young Capone acquired more finesse particularly skill in the management of politics and politicians. By the middle of the decade, he had gained complete control of the suburb of Cicero and had installed his own mayor in office." This however, gave evidence that Capone was greatly involved in illegal actions such as bootlegging activities, political corruption etc. However, it also says that he had gained complete control of Chicago by being accomplished as the mayor of the city. This therefore, means that he was popular by the citizens of Chicago, and was treated as a celebrity in status. An emphasis to this declaration is Source H. Source H is a quote from Al Capone himself, speaking in 1930. He says, "I call myself a businessman. I make my money by supplying a popular demand. If I break the law, my customers are as guilty as I am. You can't cure thirst by law." This however, states that he imagines himself as a businessman supplying people's needs. ...read more.


The massacre also brought the belated and full attention of the federal government to bear on Capone and his criminal activities. In 1931, Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and went to prison for 11 years. The massacre no doubt took down both Moran and Capone and left the bloody turf war they had with each other with a stalemate. In my opinion, I assume Capone is public enemy number one because although he is "supplying a popular demand," he is supplying it illegally which is somehow, breaking the law that compromises him as guilty. I assume Al Capone thinks he is public enemy number one for the reason that he is one of the significant gangster leaders whom he bribes police inspectors with flesh amounts of extravagance to keep a confidential event. Another reason why I presume Al Capone presupposes he is public enemy number one is that he is a gang member; He has other rival gangs competing against him. His gang members killed the rival gang in St. Valentines Day which have had a significant effect on the policy and/or issue on the gangsters "ruling the city." (Especially Al Capone). ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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