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Outline Thesis Organized crime was around long before the 1920s but it was not until then that it started to expand to what it became Al Capone and Lucky Luciano were two major figures that played a part in this growth IWhy organized crime became so prominent AMoney BPower IIWho helped organized crime to be so prominent AAl Capone BCharles Lucky Luciano Organized Crime in the Early 20th Century Organized crime has existed a long time before it became prominent in the United States The mafia first began in Italy and Sicily it then moved over to the United States to get away from prosecution La Cosa Nostra as it is called in its homeland translates in as Our Thing The mafia was first started to protect the people of their country from government agencies and other groups that bring in trouble In the 1920s organized crime began to affect American life in bigger ways than before Al Capone and Charles Lucky Luciano are two major figures that helped organized crime become larger than it ever had been Kirkholm With prohibition just coming into effect the gangsters were fighting even more for money and power Fox states when prohibition came into effect so did a new market for making money This greatly affected organized crime for the next decade Bootleggers became the sole source for liquor that was required by all the nightclubs to stay open A lot of money is to be made in the bootlegging business The producer of the liquor could make a seven million dollar profit in one year A half barrel of beer cost the producer 250 to make and was sold to the clubs and speakeasies for 1800 Fox 23-4 When the mafia started to control most of this business is when the surge of crime began Everyone wanted control of the liquor trade Not only did they
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