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Alphonse Capone was born in New York City by two parentsGabriel and Teresa Capone Capones parents immigrated to the United States in 1893 from Naples Italy Capone camefrom a large family and was the fourth oldest of nine children Kobler 10 As a child Capone was very wise when itcame to living on the streets of New York He had a clever mind when it came to street smarts As far as school goesCapone was a near-illiterate He came from a poor neighborhood in Brooklyn so education was not a top priority Atabout the age of eleven Capone became a member of a juvenile gang in his neighborhood While this was taking placearound the year 1900 about eleven percent of all the foreign born population in the United States were Italian Caponewas forced to either deal with a miserable low wage job with a hopeless future or make an improvement for himself bycommitting first minor then serious crimes Al Capones philosophy was that laws only applied to people who hadenough money to live by them While in the Bim Booms gang Capone was taught how to defend himself with a knifeand with a gun By the time Capone reached the sixth grade he had already become a street brawler Capone neverresponded well to authority and for this very reason his schooling would soon come to an end While attending schoolCapone was responsible for beating a female teacher and knocking her to the ground The principal of the school rushedin and punished young Capone and for this very reason he would never return to school again Sifakis 603 Afterdropping out of school Capone took up jobs such as working as a pin-setter at a bowling alley and working behind thecounter at a candy store Capone was terrific at pool winning every eightball tournament held in Brooklyn He alsobecame an expert knife fighter Although the Bim Booms gang was the first gang Capone ever entered he was
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