Al Capone Critical Analysis

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In Al Capone, it begins by giving a broad overview of what the article would entail. It briefly talks about Capone's childhood years. He immigrated to the United States with his family and eight siblings when he was a youth. He dropped out of school at the age of twelve and joined a street gang, committing small illegal acts, before progressing to a larger and more dominant gang, the Five Points which was led by Johnny Torrio. Capone worked in addition to his gang activities and earned his name Scarface when he flirted with the sister of Frank Allucio, who ended up cutting him three times during their brawl. In 1919, the 18th Amendment passed, prohibiting the manufacture, sale and shipment of alcoholic beverages in the United States. America rebelled and created speakeasies, a place where alcohol was sold and consumed illegally. It was estimated that Chicago was home to around 20,000 speakeasies. "Big Jim" Colosimo was the mob leader of one of the two dominant crews in Chicago controlling the bootlegging, illegal production of alcohol, and invited Torrio to Chicago and to join the gang. Torrio accepted and brought Capone along. In May 1920, Colosimo was murdered and Torrio and Capone took over. After an attempt from rival gang led by "Mugs" Moran to kill Torrio, he was committed of several charges and served nine months in jail before turning the reigns over to Capone. Capone was now in complete control and established himself in the Cicero neighborhood of Chicago. Being a business man, Capone tried to create a good self image of himself, often at charity dinners and was known to be very generous; he even held a press conference directed towards other crimals, trying to keep peace and tone down the violence. The infamous Valentine's Day Massacre of 1924 resulted in the death of Moran and left Capone as the sole leader and power in Chicago. After that, President Hoover took personal action to bring down Capone, seeking to take him down through his business, since the FBI was not able to intervene in his illegal acts and the local police were being paid to keep quiet. The IRS was able to convict Capone for tax evasion which led to an eleven year sentence. He was released early for his mental disabilites as result of his syphilis. He died soon after on an island off of Miami by
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