Essay on Gang Violence Has Changed American Society

1248 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
The United States is one of the most populated countries in the world. Many different kinds of people live in the U.S.. Hispanics, Caucasians, African-Americans, Asians, and many other races make up the diverse country. All of these people are similar in at least a single way, in the fact that they are all affected by one thing; Gangs and the violence that comes with them. Some are involved in the gangs, and some are involved in working to prevent gang violence. Although everyone has different thought and opinions about gangs, they all are affected by them. By noticing how gang violence has changed American society, one can clearly observe the effects of gang affiliation on everyday human interaction.

HISTORY: Gangs have existed for many years all over the World. In the 1700 and 1800 's, gangs plagued Europe. They were very disrespectful to the cities they lived in, and were known to engage in thievery and vandalism (Delaney). They then became more prolific in the United States. Since the Nineteenth Century, gangs have occupied the entire country. Starting with wild-western groups of shooters, they have evolved over the years to street gangs, biker gangs, and even prison gangs. Starting with smaller numbers, like the 500-man gang called “The Gophers, they eventually grew to much greater sizes. All across the country, gangs like the “Roach Guards” were growing and organizing into much greater forces. Many of these Although they committed many of the same crimes as today,…

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