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Illegal Activity of the 1920’s. Shannon David Kayla Horrell Chelsi Ferri Period 1. Increasing Crime. Organized crime Mafia “La cosa notra ” – (“our thing”) The mob Organization of Sicily and U.S Protection and vigilante law enforcement Rise of gangsterism Brought on by prohibition

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Illegal Activity of the 1920’s

Shannon David

Kayla Horrell

ChelsiFerri

Period 1


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Increasing Crime

  • Organized crime

    • Mafia

      • “La cosanotra” – (“our thing”)

    • The mob

      • Organization of Sicily and U.S

      • Protection and vigilante law enforcement

    • Rise of gangsterism

      • Brought on by prohibition

        • The banning of alcohol

    • Most famous

      • Al Capone


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Increasing Crime

  • Organized Crime

    • Rico act (Rocketeer Influenced and corrupt Organizations Act)

      • Passed 1970

      • Meant to neutralize effects of organized crime

        • Mainly mofia


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The Black socks scandal

  • Ex-major league pitcher approached two white players

    • Told them to throw the game

  • Eight White Sox ended up in the deal

    • Split $100,000 they receive

  • Fix was a success

  • Players suspended

  • Criminal charges cleared


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Harding Administration Scandal

  • The scandals

    • Veteran’s Bureau Scandal

      • Director of veteran's Bureau accused of illegal sale of federal property, liquor and narcotics

    • Justice Department Scandal

      • Corrupt department

    • Alien Property Custodian Scandal

    • Teapot Dome Scandal


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Harding Administration Scandal

  • Harding had many affairs

    • Nan Britton

      • Brought with Harding to Washington after election

      • Given free access to White House

      • Couple used bathrooms, closets, offices, any available space

      • Became pregnant

      • Claimed it was Harding's

      • Wrote book after his death about their relationship

    • Many affairs followed


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Teapot Dome Scandal

  • Background Information

    • Teddy Roosevelt, William Taft, Woodrow Wilson

      • Creation of naval petroleum reserves in Wyoming and California

      • Elk hills, Buna Vista Ca, Teapot Dome in WY


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Teapot Dome Scandal

  • The Scandal

    • Albert B. Fail opposed

      • Convinced secretary of Navy to turn control of oil fields to him

      • Leased them secretly

    • U.S senate found out and reveled to public


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Teapot Dome Scandal

  • Results

    • Many criminal/civil suits

    • Navy gained control of oil again

    • Fail charged with bribery

      • Fined $100,000 and one year in prision