organized crime, ch.3

organized crime, ch.3 - but monopolizing the fur trade I...

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Valerie Udeozor Organized Crime Professor Louis Gentile Response to Chapter 3 Prior to partaking in this course, the only thing that came to mind in reference to organized crime was the Mafia. This chapter significantly expanded my knowledge about organized crime as it described the lives and methods of many high-profile participants in such crime. I also found it to be particularly interesting that many cases of organized crime originated from situations that were unrelated to drug trafficking. For example, much of the moneymaking process for Vanderbilt, Daniel Drew, James Fisk, and Jay Gould centered on the Erie. Also, organized crime pioneer John Jacob Astor became a self-made millionaire from not only alcohol,
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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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