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Mafia Throughout history crime has existed in many different forms and has been committed by not only individuals but by groups as well Crime is something that knows no boundaries it exists in all cultures is committed by all races and has existed in all time periods The Mafia was first developed in Sicily during feudal times to protect the estates of landlords who were out of town The word Mafia derived from the Sicilian word Mafioso- denoted strength determination self-reliance and honor Most importantly a man that was brave and bold prepared to bring the law unto himself if necessary Today Mafia is a name which describes a loose association of criminal groups that have cost the United States economy one half trillion dollars annually The following will show where when and why the Mafia came to the United States who organized it in the United States and how it differed from its origins of the European Mafia in its act of portraying aberrant violence Historians say that the Mafia began in the 13th century when Italy was fighting the French Angevins Their slogan was Morte All Francia Italia Anela which meant Death to the French is Italys Cry The word Mafia comes from the first letter of each word in the slogan The American Mafioso do not believe in that story and attribute the name when a French soldier raped a Palermo maiden on her wedding day Easter Monday 1282 Consequently angry Sicilians struck back by killing an entire French troop More Sicilians joined in going from town to town killing the French and raping their daughters Mafia became their name when hysterical mothers ran out in the streets screaming Ma fia ma fia My daughter my daughter and the name stuck The Mafia in America which began as a crime ring during the late nineteenth century became the most organized system of corruption and violence existing in the US for
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