Explain How Prohibition Contributed To The Rise Of Organized Crime

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Diego Cervantes Mr.Olazaba English 11 March 29, 2012 During the great depression there was a lot of poverty because the economy was down and families did not have enough recourses to help support their children . People were drinking alcohol instead of supporting their families, mostly men were drinking. On January 16th, 1919 the 18th amendment of the constitution was ratified, prohibition in the United States was a law. Banning of alcohol only made things worse by increasing organized crime, violence, and corruption among law enforcement officials during the next decade. The 18th amendment contributed to the rise of organized crime because it created a lot of underground business. From killings to people living in poverty, that’s what the prohibition caused. If people really thought that prohibiting alcohol to be sold leally were going to help the way that people lived during this time, they were wrong. A lot of people were against the law, they argued that if they banned alcohol legal businesses were going to go broke and that was not going to help the economy get better. But alcohol was not the only thing breaking families apart they said, after the war, soldiers would come home and find themselves in a whole, struggling to find jobs. War veterans got home and they saw what people were going through and they saw that alcohol…show more content…
That’s how much violence there was during this time. Gangsters raised through this time and made a fortune, Al Capone was among the wealthiest man in the United States just by having underground business and being involved in organized crime. It was a time of violence, poverty, crime and many other things during the prohibition and if you weren’t involved in it you either got shot or you were poor and couldn’t sustain your
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