Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Gangsters & Mafias of the 1920's

Al Capone
Jay Gatsby

Gangsters were people that took part in illegal actions, and a group of them was known as a mafia. The mafia was known to be engaged in many illegal activities such as smuggling, racketeering, and murders. In 1920's after prohibition which banned alcohol, more gang related activities were occurring. Gang members in the 1920's were involved in bootlegging and bank robberies.
Al Capone, Bonnie & Clyde, and John Dillinger were one of the most notorious criminals of their time period. Al Capone smuggled and bootlegged liquor since it was illegal in the 1920's. He had opened up many illegal bars in Chicago. He was sent to Federal prison, and stayed some time Alcatraz prison, for tax fraud.
In the Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby who is one of the man characters in the novel is involved in gang related activities. Jay and Mr. Wolfsheim are involved in smuggling and bootlegging liquor. The whole time in the book, Jay lies about how he is so rich, and at the end he reveals his true identity.


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