Al Capone Legacy

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Chicago dates back to 1830 and has a great history of violence from the Black Hawk war to the chicago fire all the way to modern times. In the early 1900’s Chicago had an increased amount of crime. That was followed after the Prohibition Act of 1920. Gangsters took the opportunity of the illegal use and distribution of alcohol and created an empire. Al Capone, one of the most notorious crime bosses in history had obtained his fame in this period. With the help of Johnny Torrio he created a crime empire that included having police on his payroll. The legacy of Al Capone is a popular topic when talking about gangsters and criminals, but not everyone knows how big of an impact that Chicago had on its residence. Al Capone was apart of more petty …show more content…
His family of a great size of nine children, he was born fourth.” Being raised on the American Dream, Al believed in living life by gaining money, but never leaving his family behind. “While attending school when he was fourteen, Al had a fight with a teacher and after getting disciplined by the principle, he dropped out and joined the Five Point Juniors gang.” During his time with the Juniors, he learned racketeering. He even kept a real job to have extra money. According to The Encyclopedia of American Crime (2001). “While bartending in a saloon owned by Johnny Torrio, Al insulted a lady and her brother protected her by slashing Al across the face with a knife. There Al obtained the nickname of “Scarface Al.”During his teenage years, Capone met Mae Coughlin, a department store clerk two years older than him. Al and Mae married in December 1919 just after Albert Francis “Sonny” Capone was born. Sonny was their only child. In 1921, Al received a letter from Johnny Torrio asking if he would join him in Chicago to help run his operation there. Moving his family from New York to Chicago to answer the letter’s question. These following years began the Prohibition Act passed by Congress to stop the use and distribution of alcohol. Citizens still wanted to drink alcohol, so a new empire started to be created that hid from the law and allowed paying customers to have …show more content…
The press started to estimate how much money he was receiving annually and the estimated amount was about one hundred million dollars in revenue. “The press followed Capone’s every move avidly, and he was able to gain public sympathy with his gregarious and generous personality. Some even considered him a kind of Robin Hood figure, or as anti-Prohibition resentment grew, a dissident who worked on the side of the people.” With the country knowing his name, Al began to earn a reputation and had more attention than he wanted. Rival gangs were still a huge issue and with gang fights came public intervention. Even though people had seen a hero, others did not. “ However, the rest of the country and certain elements in the Windy City regarded Capone as a menace. In the late 1920s President Herbert Hoover ordered his Secretary of the Treasury to find a way to jail Capone, who up until now had managed to evade being implicated in any illegal act.” The government after him and gang fights happening Al began to go to extreme heights to protect himself, even if it meant new

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