GANGSTERISUM In 1919 congress passed the eighteenth amendment. Which abolished alcohol and legally prohibited the manufacturing or sale of any kind of alcoholic beverages. Thus bringing the rise and increase of organized crime and criminal activity. This amendment would be a huge mistake for the country and the United States would suffer severely. If there is a demand for something, no mater what it is, there will always be somebody there to partake in the process of fulfilling those needs of the consumer. Many people indulged themselves in many different kinds of alcohol, in many different ways. It was a way of life. Then the government steps in and puts a band on this way of life. State and federal agents immediately closed down the bars and saloons. Only to reopen as underground “speakeasies.” So people started having to buy their cherished alcoholic beverages illegally. Hidden places where people could knock and speak softly at a securely locked door, a secret establishment f
Not to say that these payoffs don"tmt still occur today they are just kept quiet and people have learned many ways to not get caught. They would tell them to look the other way and the crooked police were paid very generously for their injustice abuse of authority. Thus bringing the introduction into organized crime. Street wars broke out and many demonstrations of these crime leader"tms powers were expressed. If these simple shop workers refused to pay them their protection money sometimes they would rough up their employees, destroy their stores, and often hospitalize the shop keepers themselves. With most of the police on the "take", there were a lot fewer arrest and those criminals who were arrested usually got off on all their charges, depending on whom they knew or whom they worked for. The large bootlegging operations blossomed into many other illegal activities. Today the story is not so well known. These bootlegging merchants that ran the speakeasies found riches and power in the illegal operations. or entrance into the underworld of illegal liquor consumption. Also the law is more forceful today than eighty years ago against organized crime. These secret places were first created by soon to be powerful mob bosses. It"tms not as bad today because people have more trust in the police to protect them. Most of the mob bosses were so ruthless that they would bully honest, hard working merchants into paying, so called "protection money", to the under lords in their block or that ran the racket they worked in.