Prohibition Era Of Crime Essay

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With the intentions of stopping crime, the 18th amendment was set in place. This amendment banned the supply and sell of alcohol. This was known as the prohibition era which also brought a new scene of crime around called organized crime. Just about everybody who enjoyed a dink after the amendment was criminal. In efforts to get back their alcohol people gave more power to the mafias and gangsters of this time making them the heroes. During this time people were making and selling their own alcohol which was illegal. In order to do so they had to take these operations underground and behind doors. Well know establishments were taking huge risk by serving alcohol in private rooms and unknown events. This gave birth to the speakeasy which became…show more content…
“The people turned more and more to criminal activity, organized criminals such as the American mobsters and European crime syndicates thrived, most common people looked upon these organizations as heroes. Criminals like Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger were headliners of the era”(Nash). The criminals were the celebrities having the news to be all about them. The front page of news papers were covered with pictures and tabloids of recent crimes. Their names and crimes lived on from the 1920s all the way up until now. With all this crime something had to be done. “The years from 1921 to 1933 were sometimes called the "lawless years" because of gangsterism and the public disregard for Prohibition, which made it illegal to sell or import intoxicating beverages. Prohibition created a new federal medium for fighting crime, but the Department of the Treasury, not the Department of Justice, had jurisdiction for these violations”(FBI). The media was then used to help promote and actually help the war on crime. “The first issue of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin—then called Fugitives Wanted by Police, was published. Hoover became as adept at publicizing his agency's work as he was at administering it”(FBI). Crime was now being fought on a larger

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