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Alphonse Capone was born in New York City by two parents Gabriel and Teresa Capone Capones parents immigrated to the United States in 1893 from Naples Italy Capone came from a large family and was the fourth oldest of nine children As a child Capone was very wise when it came to living on the streets of New York He had a clever mind when it came to street smarts As far as school goes Capone was a near-illiterate He came from a poor neighborhood in Brooklyn so education was not a top priority At about the age of eleven Capone became a member of a juvenile gang in his neighborhood While this was taking place around the year 1900 about eleven percent of all the foreign born population in the United States were Italian Capone was forced to either deal with a miserable low wage job with a hopeless future or make an improvement for himself by committing first minor then serious crimes Al Capones philosophy was that 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 himself with a knife and with a gun By the time Capone reached the sixth grade he had already become a street brawler Capone never responded well to authority and for this very reason his schooling would soon come to an end While attending school Capone was responsible for beating a female teacher and knocking her to the ground The principal of the school rushed in and punished young Capone and for this very reason he would never return to school again After dropping out of school Capone took up jobs such as working as a pin-setter at a bowling alley and working behind the counter at
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