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    The Italian American Mafia

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    The origin of the Mafia began in Sicily, Italy. The migration to America begun when Don Vito Ferro of the “La Costra Nostra” had to flee to New York from Sicily. Don Vito Ferro was escaping from an angry enemy. Accordingly, Mussolini, the fatal prime minister of Italy, worked to try to exterminate the Mafia in Italy. With a push from Mussolini, many members of the Mafia began to flee to America throughout the 1900’s (History of the Mob). About twenty years later from the root of Italian American Mafia prohibition became a law in January of 1920. Though many Italian American Mafia sanctions had already been existent in major cities in America since the beginning of the 1900’s the Italian American Mafia began to explode during the Prohibition…

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    nothing new to the American criminal justice system, as it has been fighting with all aspects of organized crime for many years. While many may only think of the American Mafia, or mob, as many call it, organized crime reaches far more people, in vastly diverse ways than one may realize. Organized crime is as much an American staple as the hotdog or baseball. However, the American Mafia opened the doors of truly organized, ruthless, and powerful…

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    The American dream and the tale of the Mafia Problem: How did some of the immigrants live their American dream at the end of the nineteenth century and at the beginning of the twentieth century? The American dream started with the idea that everybody with his own work, determination and courage could become rich and prosperous. The concept of the American dream appeared in the nineteenth century. It is one of the most important migrations in the history of humanity. Migrants searched on the…

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    The 1930s was a time period of economic recession, war, and agricultural disaster. The 1930s was a also a period of high crime. The murder rate was at 9.7, the highest in American history and burglaries were also at an all time high (“Crime 1920-1940”). The United States crime rate spiked in the 1930s mostly due to Prohibition, and led to the rise of the Mafia and other famous gangsters because of lack of respect towards law enforcement and the government, and triggered rise of the FBI (“Crime…

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    rich. This was the frequent desire among society, known as the American Dream. Gatsby happens to be one of these people looking to achieve the american dream. His goal is to be able to win back Daisy, who is accustomed to a luxurious life. He feels that in order to win her back, he needs to be wealthy. This inspires his whole agenda and involvement in organized crime. Gatsby’s idea of the american dream is that he should have money and be able to get the girl of his dreams. Obtaining the…

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    The Godfather

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    Francis Ford Coppola’s, The Godfather Part II, released in 1974, provides additional insight into the Corleone family affairs following the events of the first film. The film begins with a mafia chief executing all of Vito Corleone’s immediate family in Sicily. Left alone, young Vito flees his hometown and travels to America. As Vito gets older, his career of crime begins with petty theft and later escalates into the neighborhood negotiator. Despite his life of crime, Vito continues to be…

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    Mafia Theory In America

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    immigrants and first-generation Italian Americans in New York City alone. Most were law-abiding citizens but there were quite a few bad apples who had escaped from the wrath of Benito Mussolini. To Mussolini, the Mafia was a huge threat and needed to be dealt with swiftly. In turn, over a “thousand suspected Mafiosi were convicted and thrown in prison” (“The Demise of the Mafia,” 2009), and those who were lucky enough to escape continued their illegal activity in a country that had no idea how…

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    The Life of Scarface Al Capone was a very famous American gangster. He gained his fame during the prohibition era and to this day he is still famous. He never really did have good schooling as a child, but he ended up having a multi-million dollar business in crime. Throughout his life in crime, he did many illegal things and only ended up going to jail a few times. Al Capone was a gangster “murdered his was to the top of the Chicago mafia before being sent to Alcatraz” and that was one of the…

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    From the source, “America’s First Godfather,” Mike Dash talks about how the culture effected the mafia in Sicily. He first started talking about how Morello’s story was not known around the world yet. So, he explained how Morello set up crime in New York in the 1900’s. Mr. Morello was well operated before the mafia was even a big deal to screenwriters. Morello ended up getting imprisoned, then murdered. Mike Dash then goes on to talk about the culture of Sicily, where Morello had lived, had…

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    number of bootleggers, which are people that sell alcohol illegally. In addition, speakeasies, or bars that sold illegal alcohol, were across the country. These bootleggers and speakeasies created a large amount of gangs, which led to a massive amount of crime throughout the prohibition time period. Bootleggers, also known as rum runners, were people who played a prominent part of society during prohibition. When prohibition started, people instantly wanted to drink more, therefore the…

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