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During the prohibition era of the 1920s if one wasnt an enemy of Alphonse Al Scarface Capone was he in many eyes a hero Due to his savvy street smarts and the corrupt rebellion of the decade Al Capone was not only a popular commentary of the time but is now a legend His classic boy from the ghetto turned generous multi-millionaire story only adds to the heroism seen in this most famous Chicago mobster Chicagos industries open spaces and four seasons were an enormous magnet for the 19th century Europeans looking for a home and opportunity The frontier Chicago grew into a wonderful collection of ethnic neighborhoods - Irish Italian Russian Greek German Polish and others In many of these communities making beer and liquor at home was as much a tradition as it was an effort to compete with licensed distilleries and breweries At least until 1920 With the enactment of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution it was no longer legal to manufacture or sell alcoholic beverages anywhere in this county for all practical purposes That is definitely not to say it stopped going on however In spite of the law barring manufacture the drinking of alcoholic beverages remained as popular as ever Just as today the liquor industry is incredibly lucrative The opportunity to profit from the manufacture distribution and sale of alcohol was more than many Chicagoans could resist so they enthusiastically got in the business The opportunity to sell alcohol or to provide protection in various neighborhoods were valuable rights and the competition for them was fierce The rackets spawned by enactment of the Prohibition Amendment were enormous and the city of Chicago was not about to miss out on cashing in on these illegal doings Many of the separate mobs of the era developed interests in legitimate businesses as the cleaning and dyeing field and cultivated influence with receptive public officials labor unions and employees associations The
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