Prohibition and Organized Crime


  1. Prohibition - The banning of the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcoholic beverages.
  2. In 1919, the 18th Amendment was passed, making alcoholic beverages illegal in the U.S.
  3. Prohibition activists felt that if they could eliminate alcohol they could eliminate many of the problems facing the United States.

Prohibition Leads to Organized Crime

  1. Prohibition actually gave rise to the following:
    1. Speakeasies - Places were people could go to drink illegally.
    2. Bootlegging - The illegal manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcohol.
  2. Prohibition also gave rise to massive amounts of organized crime.
    1. Bootlegging brought in huge profits for those who were involved in it, and many criminals made a forturne.
      1. Large-scale criminals made so much money that they could afford to pay off police, attorneys, and even judges in attempts to keep themselves out of jail.
    2. Al Capone - Famous Chicago gangster who made millions off of bootlegging.
      1. Was eventually convicted of tax evasion and sent to Alcatraz Island where he died.
Al Capone