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What would you do if the economy tanked again, you lost your job, and you couldn’t support your family? Would you relocate and take any job you could, even if it meant breaking the law? This was a struggle faced by many Americans in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s as the Great Depression hit. The events leading up to and occurring in the 20th Century created a monster that goes by the name “Organized Crime.” Even today, one hundred years later, we still see and feel the ill effects of what transpired at the start of the 1900’s. Organized crime in America has been present for over a century bearing both positive and negative effects.The origin of organized crime is innocent compared to what came out of it. In the late 1800’s as an increasing number of European immigrants were left homeless in America, small street gangs began to form (sourceSOURCE). These gangs mainly inhabited larger cities and began committing crimes escalating in size and severity at the turn of the nineteenth century (sourceeeeee). As the Roaring Twenties approached, the once small street gangs had produced ruthless criminals who weren’t afraid to break any laws.These criminals created what we call organized crime.One law- if it can even be called that -that wasn’t afraid to be broken was the Volstead Act. Also known as Prohibition, the Volstead Act helped initiate the “dry” movement. No longer could alcohol be manufactured, distributed, or sold. But, like a wet bandaid, no amount of outside pressure could make it stick. Criminal gangs turned the most bizarre of places into undercover bars known as speakeasies. These illegal alcohol emporiums would often masquerade as soft drink parlors and pharmacies. Even more odd than their facade was the production methods. often bootleggers, or criminals who would bring in alcohol from a different country, could only access poor quality liquor. To hide the bad taste, vendors would mix in soda and other sweet ingredients to create something now known of as a cocktail. A little sugar couldn’t hide every bad flavor though.Bathtub Gin and Jamaica Gin were two well known types of awful alcohol. Bathtub Gin has a quirky backstory; a speakeasy known as Marge’s Still manufactured it’s own gin in one of the building’s upper level bathtubs. On the other hand is Jamaica Gin, also commonly called Jake. While Bathtub Gin was considered bad, Jake was literally poisoned alcohol. The incredibly dangerous and low quality gin was sold to poor people who couldn’t afford anything better. Prohibition really was a desperate time for some.With no end to hardships in sight, right after Frederick Douglass Roosevelt won the presidential race and Prohibition was repealed in 1932, a universal struggle had already enveloped the nation (source 1, 1). The Great Depression wrapped its iron jaws around America’s jugular and for many the end was near. In order to stay financially afloat, a few people were willing to do anything and started a life of organized crime. Others were tricked into gambling schemes with the hopes of winning it big and helping their families, even though the odds were beyond stacked against them. The amount of people who gambled allowed criminals to cash in and benefit greatly.Another way for people to gangs to cash in on the misfortune of others was through prostitution. Many women who had no family to support them viewed selling themselves as a means of survival. However, the women who worked in brothels were often cheated of their money by the illegal organization running the whole operation. Considering prostitution was also illegal, it wasn’t easy to complain about the unfair deal either. Brothels were often disguised as hotels and were frequented by younger adults who had money to spend. The issue was so prominent that the residents of Chicago considered it normal.Even though speakeasies, gambling joints, and prostitutes were illegal, they didn’t go unnoticed. Many local-level police officers would even participate in some of the illegal acts and those who didn’t could be bribed. The criminals behind most organized crime operations were practically rolling in money so keeping police quiet was easy. Local police forces weren’t the only ones accepting bribes. Other officials who could be bought include lawyers, politicians, and judges to name a few. although, there were some people who kept their morals as public representatives and keepers of justice, but the amount of corruption was too great and left the good guys helpless. It’s similar to the government in some third world countries today.With the country taking its last breaths, a new course of action was needed. Like a miracle straight from God himself, the Bureau of Investigation was just the solution. The Bureau’s leader, J. Edgar Hoover, had big plans for a better future and had the ability to execute his plans. The main issue was with local police and their willingness to cooperate with criminals, but it would have to wait. In order to stop the rising tides of crime, the Bureau needed an update. Over the next few years, the Bureau of Investigation would compile a fingerprint identification library to keep track of criminals as well as a crime lab designed to crack the toughest cases. With these advancements, only a matter of time remained before infamous public enemies were locked away for good.Although a majority of the criminals were halted in their tracks, organized crime still remains today. According to Dr. Wayne A Johnson, a previous Chicago Police Officer himself, “Organized crime squads are underfunded and seldom properly staffed, and all the while the Mobs grow richer and take their deadly toll on our society.” Dr. Johnson’s statement is true for Chicago especially; the Chicago Mob still exists and operates on illegal drugs and other corrupt practices. Another unsettling statistic for Chicago shows that from 2001-2010, various street gangs have been responsible for 1,879 murders. These murders are proof that organized crime remains thriving in at least one city, and more focus should be drawn to stamping out the last glowing embers.For many years, organized crime has been an issue for the United States resulting in both good and bad. Not only did the events going into the 1900s set the stage, but the first steps of the 20th century led to a dangerous chain reaction.