Early Crime to Prohibition in NYC

The United States of America during the Gilded Age was a major time of modernization and urbanization. Immigrants were coming to America with hopes of finding quality work, new opportunities, and a stable economy. As major cities developed in industry and socialization, so did the less fortunate sides of urban growth. Crime became rampant throughout the country but most notably in major cities.

New York City saw widespread changes as a result of immigrants flocking to the city. Many people brought their criminal societies from their home countries and instituted illegal practices in America. Ultimately, this assisted cities in growing quicker than what the government could support. But this also led to major changes in the types of crime that were being committed and how to police would try to counteract these problems.

Crime during the Gilded Age played an essential role in developing the culture of early urban America. Through the presence of organized crime and corruption, poor immigrants found a way to implement themselves into the growth that cities were experiencing. Together, these things provided a greater understanding for policing between 1877-1920 and ultimately the adoption of prohibition in 1920.

Created by: Melissa Downer