The Presence and Effects of the American Mafia During Prohibition: Noah Andriani

During Prohibition, many forms of bootlegging and organized crime took place, but one of the most notorious gangs in all of history controlled bootlegging and all of the things that came with it. This gang was called the American Mafia or La Cosa Nostra. The Mafia was made up of mostly Italian immigrants who fled Italy when Prime Minister Benito Mussolini took control of Italy in 1919. This exhibit will explain what some of those Italian immigrants did in order to make quick money and survive in America during the days of Prohibition. Three major people involved with not only other Mafia operations but with all of the major bootlegging done during the 1920's and early 30's was Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Al Capone, and The Purple Gang. Throughout this exhibit I will be exploring the presence of the Mafia, more specifically the presence of the three people that were listed. The three mobsters changes the way the Mafia operated and stamped themselves into history for their notorious crimes of bootlegging