Mafia groups in the United States first became influential in the New York City area, gradually progressing from small neighborhood operations in poor Italian ghettos to citywide and eventually national organizations. The Black Hand was a name given to an extortion method used in Italian neighborhoods at the turn of the 20th century. It has been sometimes mistaken for the Mafia itself, which it is not. The Black Hand was a criminal society, but there were many small Black Hand gangs.
To me the film is rich in culture, history and dramatic quality. It is also very violent and depicts a negative light towards Italian culture.
As violent as the film is, it only vaguely hints at the underground criminal dealings of these organized gangs. In this post I'd like to study the historic criminal syndicates of the Italian and Jewish Crime Organizations. Please note this study is not meant to stereotype the incredibly rich Italian and Jewish cultures.
It's rather a focus on the select few within the culture, that do not represent their people as a whole. This post is in no way meant to justify the actions of these mobs, which led to a century of ruthless crime and violence.
It is merely a study of interest, as to how these organizations were able to rise from nothing, to become more powerful than the government itself. The Immigrant Gangs This study on American organized crime is a continuation of my previous post that focused on immigration and the rise of Irish gangs in the s.
Immigration from Europe into America continued in heavy numbers throughout the the late s and into the early s. From to the onstart of WW1, nearly 9 million Italians immigrated to America in search of better work wages.
Also during this time nearly 3 millions Jews immigrated from Eastern Europe, the majority of which were escaping persecutions and pogroms within the Russian Empire. However the Jewish and Italian gangs were different than the Irish gangs, in that they were much more organized.
Part of this organized crime structure came from their homelands, such as the Black Hand of the Sicilian Mafia, which dated back to the start of Italian Unification. Thru their native connections, some of these gangsters already had significant muscle and influence within their neighborhood districts.
By the late s, the Jewish, Irish, and Italian gangs were fighting each other for control of the Five Points district. Both of these gangs became the early predecessors to the American Mafia format of organized crime.
Both Al Capone and Lucky Luciano were youth members of the Five Points Gang, and would both go on to establish two of the most infamous Italian crime organizations during the Prohibition Era.
The Prohibition Syndicates With the passing of the 18th Amendment inthe United States government made it illegal to trade, manufacture or sell any alcohol whatsoever. This new regulation became a new booming market for the underground world, most notably the crime syndicates.
Bootlegging rackets become one of the primary sources of profits for mafia organizations based in New York City and Chicago.
Al Capone became one of the most infamous of these bootlegger's thru his organized gang known as the Chicago Outfit. To add to the rise of organized crime during the s, was a 2nd wave of Italian Immigration. This was due to the fact that Benito Mussolini had began a strict dictatorship in Italy, with a strong opposition against mafia in his country.
Many members of the Sicilian Mafia and Black Hand organizations fled to New York City to partake in the rising influence of organized crime. By the late s some of these mafia organizations had become so powerful, they began to fight with each other, rather than against the law.
This was mostly territory disputes among Jewish, Irish, and Italian bootlegging gangs. Their struggle for total control of the New York City underworld lead to the infamous Castellammarese War. This bloody gang war marked a turning point in organized crime, when Charles Lucky Luciano established the Commission to avoid any further territorial disputes.
The Organized Commission In Charles Lucky Luciano murdered the boss of all bosses, Maranzano, and established a new underworld governing body known as the Commission.
This committee enabled the major bosses of organized crime to discuss their disputes and avoid violent confrontation with one another.
Luciano also opened the door to new relations with the Jewish Mafia, most notably Meyer Lansky. By the s the Commission had 26 organized mafias spread across America. The media referred to this network of crime as the National Crime Syndicate.
By the s these sites all became booming markets for casinos, hotels, and entertainment. In he partnered with Bugsy Siegel to launch a hotel in the desert of Las Vegas, known as the Flamingo, which would become the first landmark of a gold-mine.
In Lansky's friend Fulgencio Batista became president of Cuba, which enabled him to run his casinos without any interference.
However by these relations came to an abrupt end due to the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro. Batista as well as the American-Mafia casinos were driven out of Cuba.
By this point many crime organizations were able to turn legit thanks to their casino and hotel businesses. Kennedy, began to crack down on organized crime.Contributing to the Mafia’s continued survival may be the fact that following the September 11, , terrorist attacks on America, significant resources devoted to investigating organized crime (which had already seen cuts prior to 9/11) were shifted to counterterrorism work.
These crime syndicates operate at a very high level of sophistication, featuring their own ranks of bureaucratic administration, distribution, and muscle. a branch of the American Mafia. It. Many gang members in the Hawaiian study and Campbell’s study reported fleeing to gangs as a source of protection from dangerous neighborhoods or abusive households.
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