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al capone By ryan Name-Alphonse Capone Background-Along with thousands of other Italians the Capone family moved to Brooklyn near the Brooklyn Navy Yard It was a new beginning in a New World The Capones were a quiet and conventional family Nothing about the Capone family was inherently disturbed violent or dishonest The children and the parents were close There was no apparent mental disability no traumatic event that sent the boys hurtling into a life of crime They did not display sociopathic or psychotic personalities they were not crazy They were a law-abiding unremarkable Italian-American family with conventional patterns of behavior and frustrations They displayed no special genius for crime Family Parents-Gabriele and Teresina Capone Brothers-Vincenzo James Raffaele Ralph Salvatore Frank Alphonse Al Home-The Capones lived in a cold-water tenement flat that had no indoor toilet or furnishings The neighborhood was virtually a slum The family moved to better lo dgings in an apartment over their fathers barbershop at 69 Park Avenue in Brooklyn This move exposed Al to cultural influences well beyond what was supplied by the Italian immigrant community Most of the people living around Park Avenue were Irish although Germans Swedes and Chinese were also in the neighborhood Moving into a broader ethnic part of town allowed Al to escape from the all-Italian neighborhood In their spare time the ragged children gave the streets an explosive vitality as they played stickball dodged traffic brawled and bawled To be a kid growing up in immigrant Brooklyn you had to be in a gang Italian Jewish or Irish gang They were not the vicious urban street gangs of today but rather groups of territorial neighborhood boys who hung out together Capone was a tough scrappy kid and belonged to the South Brooklyn Rippers and then later to the Forty Thieves Juniors and the Five Point Juniors Education-The school system was deeply prejudiced aga inst them and did little to encourage
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