Unformatted text preview: but monopolizing the fur trade. I noticed that a common theme of men involved in organized crime is that they grew up with hardly a dime to their names. Although these men’s actions were not exactly commendable, one cannot help but acknowledge the drive and determination it must have taken acquire the power and connections necessary to make their methods of corruption a success. Yet, I also do believe that it is unfortunate that Italians and Italian-Americans have been typecast as the perpetrators of this form of activity....
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- Spring '12
- fur trade, John Jacob Astor, Erie Railroad, James Fisk, Daniel Drew