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The roaring 20s for many people may bring to mind flappers or changing times of a positive nature But on the flip side of the coin during that decade were a lot of activity in the crime world as well and in magnitudes no one could predict beforehand Breweries smoking swearing cheating gambling frequenting places called speakeasies which sold alcohol during the Prohibition brothels and murder were headline news for much of this time for a man by the name of Alphonse Al Capone Al Capone was born the fourth child to Gabriele Capone and Teresina called Teresa Capone on January 17 1899 A seemingly normal family who was striving in the New World after Gabriele and Teresa arrived in the United States in 1894 with 43000 Italian immigrants Als father was a barber by trade and Teresa raised her family and also took in sewing piecework for extra income Laurence Bergreen wrote in his biography called Capone The Man and the Era in regards to Capones upbringing that nothing about the Capone family was inherently disturbed violent or dishonest He further stated that the family as a whole were law-abiding unremarkable Italian-American family with conventional patters of behavior and frustration they displayed no special genius for crime or anything else for that matter One of the main downfalls in my opinion was a move Gabriele Capone made for his family to a neighborhood they could afford Their apartment was above his barbershop he had opened but the neighborhood opened his eyes to a different world other than the seemingly more strict traditional upbringing of the solidly Italian family The schools that he was raised in seemed to be of a lower class of people Educational goals for Italian children were very poor the school system didnt help with their prejudices of immigrants Immigrant families expected their children to quit attending school as soon as they felt they were old enough to bring
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