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The Life and Times of Al Capone by Bill RollindubeysAlphonse Capone was born in New York City by two parents Gabrieland Teresa Capone Capones parents immigrated to the United States in1893 from Naples Italy Capone came from a large family and was thefourth oldest of nine children Kobler 10 As a child Capone was verywise when it came to living on the streets of New York He had a clevermind when it came to street smarts As far as school goes Capone was anear-illiterate He came from a poor neighborhood in Brooklyn so educationwas not a top priority At about the age of eleven Capone became a member of a juvenilegang in his neighborhood While this was taking place around the year1900 about eleven percent of all the foreign born population in the UnitedStates were Italian Capone was forced to either deal with a miserable lowwage job with a hopeless future or make an improvement for himself bycommitting first minor then serious crimes Al Capones philosophy wasthat laws only applied to people who had enough money to live by them While in the Bim Booms gang Capone was taught how to defend himselfwith a knife and with a gun By the time Capone reached the sixth grade hehad already become a street brawler Capone never responded well toauthority and for this very reason his schooling would soon come to an endWhile attending school Capone was responsible for beating a female teacherand
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