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Cultural Conflicts of the 1920s. 18 th Amendment – Prohibits the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating beverages. Defined the separation of values in the country and in the cities. Prohibition. Bootlegging. Originates from drinkers who would hide flasks in their boots.

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Cultural conflicts of the 1920s

Cultural Conflicts of the 1920s


Prohibition

18th Amendment – Prohibits the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating beverages.

Defined the separation of values in the country and in the cities.

Prohibition


Bootlegging

Bootlegging

  • Originates from drinkers who would hide flasks in their boots.

  • In the 1920s it was used to describe anyone who could supply alcohol.

  • Bootleggers would either transport the alcohol from Canada or Mexico.

  • They would also run distilleries and make their own alcohol to sell.


Moonshine

Moonshine


Speakeasies

Illegally operated bars that would buy the alcohol from bootleggers.

Primarily located in cities.

A patron of the bar would need a membership card or a password to enter.

Speakeasies


Organized crime

Organized Crime

  • Regimented organizations that participated in one or many illegal ventures.

  • Bootlegging, gambling, prostitution, and racketeering.

  • Racketeering – means of controlling a neighborhood or city.

  • A racketeer would offer protection to people or businesses in exchange for a tribute.


Organized crime1

Organized Crime

  • If the tribute was not paid the person or business would face consequences.

  • In American cities gangland wars ravaged neighborhoods.

  • In Chicago alone 157 bombs targeted at homes and businesses were set off in one year.


Paul kelly a k a paolo antonio vacarelli

Paul Kelly, a.k.a. Paolo Antonio Vacarelli

The Five Pointers


Big jim colosimo

Big Jim Colosimo

Dale Winter


Johnny the fox torrio

Johnny "The Fox" Torrio


The four deuces

The Four Deuces


Al capone comes to chicago

Al Capone comes to Chicago

Frankie Yale


Big jim mudered torrio reigns

Big Jim mudered – Torrio Reigns

Flowers for the Mob

Dean O'bannion


Hymie weiss and bugs the north side gang

Hymie Weiss and Bugs“The North Side Gang”


Torrio dead capone reigns

Torrio Dead? Capone Reigns


Frank the enforcer nitti

Frank “The Enforcer” Nitti


Valentine s day

Valentine's Day


The untouchables

The Untouchables


Meyer lansky

Meyer Lansky


Charles lucky luciano

Charles "Lucky" Luciano


Frank costello

Frank Costello


Benjamin bugsy siegel

Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel


Machine gun kelly

Machine Gun Kelly


Thompson gun

Thompson Gun


Bonnie parker

Bonnie Parker


Clyde barrow

Clyde Barrow


Bonnie and clyde

Bonnie and Clyde


The modern version

The Modern Version


Cultural conflicts of the 1920s

  • "The American people . . . had expected to be greeted, when the great day came, by a covey of angels bearing gifts of peace, happiness, prosperity and salvation, which they had been assured would be theirs when the rum demon had been scotched.   Instead they were met by a horde of bootleggers, moonshiners, rum-runners, hijackers, gangsters, racketeers, trigger men, venal judges, corrupt police, crooked politicians, and speakeasy operators, all bearing the twin symbols of the Eighteenth Amendment--the Tommy gun and the poisoned cup."

    • Herbert Asbury –author of Gangs of New York


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