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Capone Draft - The consumption of alcohol is often...

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The consumption of alcohol is often practiced in America. It is a socially acceptable drink to have at dinners, parties, or merely as a beverage when one is of age, 21 years old; it surrounds our lives, whether it be physically present or through advertisements, society is overwhelmed with this substance and even those underage will find the means to possess and consume it. Like the minors, people during the Prohibition Era had to hide, trade, and deal for their share of the drink. On January 16th, 1919, the 18th Amendment was passed prohibiting the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors and was repealed on December 5, 1933 by the 21st Amendment. During those fourteen years, the practice of selling alcohol was a huge business that rewarded those who were willing to take the risk. Businessmen, mobsters, political figures and the average citizen all contributed to the bootlegging business, the illegal selling and possession of alcohol. In that time period, one of the most infamous mobsters in America developed and made a fortune in Chicago from the moonshine,alcohol, business. Alphonse Capone intertwined his relationship with the gang world with an entreprenuial mentality to utilize the lust of the people to make a living. Beyond the general knowledge about Al Capone, I know very little about his cultural impact during the Prohibition Era in Chicago. My previous history classes had mentioned very little about this era beyond the political aspect of the Amendments passed during that time- even though it is one of the most controversial events in the 20th century. How is a figure like Al Capone and the Prohibition Era not taught extensively? I cannot comprehend why we will learn about Queen Elizabeth or Charlamenge instead of teaching students more about America's past; I understand the need for diversity and culture, yet the lack of understanding of our past not only affects our youth's knowledge about their own homeland but decreases their interest in political
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activity, since it is a cultural habit. With alcohol bombarding American society, I felt it would be interesting to learn more how mobsters, such as Capone, utilized the substance to create a mass fortune and build an enterprise that altered the city of Chicago, the people who lived in that area, and political power. Capone was born in Naples Italy on January 17, 1899 and immigrated to the United States as a child and grew up in Brooklyn New York. He dropped out of school when he was twelve and was part of a streetgang. The adolescent development around a high crime area and a poverish environment, which likely affected his experiences and decisions not only as a child but for his life. Although he was part of a gang as a child, he still provided his share to the family, working boring jobs at paper mill factories and bartending at hotels, and came home every night to help his mother (Bardsley). This reveals that Capone had a working mentality even when he was little and although he might have lacked educational genuis, he possessed a high level of street smart. He eventually
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Molly during the Fall '10 term at Boise State.

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