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Illegal Activities in the 1920's
Transcript of Illegal Activities in the 1920's
Illegal Activities in the
Fixing of the 1919 World Series
Police Bribery and Corruption
Al 'Scarface' Capone
"Public Enemy #1"
Leader of the Five Points Gang
Johnny Torio - mentor
Was handed over the business
History of Bootlegging
What is a 'Gangster'?
member of a gang
prostitution, murder and illegal exports
Baseball Players Involved
At a Glance
Black Sox Scandal
Chicago White Sox
The Eighteenth Amendment began on January 16th, 1920
Started by women
Ended in 1933
Reduce social problems
Stop alcohol abuse
Became more dangerous
Crime rate increased
Started after the prohibition
Gangs began to form
Would sell illegal alcohol in Speakeasies, restaurants, night clubs and other retail outlets
Joseph "Sport" Sullivan
History of Gangs
Canadian and Mexican borders
Southern coast of Newfoundland
Bootleggers would create their own alcohol
Their own mixtures of liquor
"He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter." (127)
Meyer Wolfsheim - gangster?
"They can't get him, old sport. He's a smart man." (72)
Took part in illegal activities
"He's the man who fixed the World's Series back in 1919" (71)
"Meyer Wolfsheim? No he's a gambler."(71)
"I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn't far wrong." (127)
1920s Police Department
underfunded, understaffed and underpaid
Agent Eliot Ness
"Taking a white card from his wallet, he waved it before the man's eyes. 'Right you are,' agreed the policeman, tipping his cap...'I was able to do the commissioner a favour once, and he sends me a Christmas card every year." (67)
- cease the pursuit of a criminal violation
- withhold evidence
The Great Gatsby
"'Meyer Wolfshiem? No he's a gambler... 'He's the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919'" (71).
nearly half were on
8 players banned from the league
3 man crew of MLB commissioners reduced to 1
"Shoeless" Joe Jackson is refused admittance into the Hall of Fame