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For my report I choose the topic organized crime I thing organized crime isa big part of this worlds life and economy The world can not live with it andcannot live with out it For my report I am going to write about the history of themafia and name some of the major crime families Throughout history crime has existed in many different forms and hasbeen committed by not only individuals but by groups as well Crime is somethingthat knows no boundries it exists in all cultures is committed by all races and hasexisted in all time periods Crime exists as a part of the economic institution and isa lifestyle for many people Crime also exists in both organized and un organizedforms Since the early 1900s organized crime has existed in the United StatesThe following will show where when and why the mafia came to the UnitedStates who organized it in the United States and how it differed from its origins inIn the ninth century Sicily was occupied by Arab forces The nativeSicilians were oppressed and took refuge in the surrounding hills The Siciliansformed a secret society to unite the natives against the Arab and Norman invadersThis secret society was called Mafia after the Arabic word for refuge The societysintentions were to create a sense of family based on ancestry and Sicilian heritageIn the 1700s pictures of a black hand were distributed to the wealthy This was anunspoken request for an amount of money in return for protection If the moneywasnt paid the recipients could expect violence such as kidnappings bombingsand murder By the nineteenth century this society grew larger and morecriminally oriented In 1876 Mafia Don Rafael Palizzolo ran for political office inSicily He forced the voters to vote for him under gunpoint After being electedinto office he promoted Mafia Don Crispi as Prime Minister Together the two putSicily under government control and funnelled government funds to the societyIn the 1800s New Orleans was
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