Overall Effects of the American Mafia in the Prohibiton Era

The Effects and Presence of the American Mafia During Prohibition

During the time of Prohibition organized crime grew exponentially as the American Mafia supplied and the public demanded, basic economics. With that the prices of spirits rose 24% and the price of beer soard over 700% during the years of Prohibition. With prices like that obviously came with wealth as for an example, Al Capone's annual salary during his time of reign was $60,000,000 compared to the average industrial worker which was only $1,000 per year. The effect the Mafia had in crimes such as killing also rose during prohibition. From 1920-1930, the murder rate grew 78%. On a national level the murder rate per 100,000 people rose almost two thirds. In chicago around 800 gang members died during the years of Prohibition. Due to much of the crime going on in society, corruption was very prevalent in this time of America. Government officials along with police officers were bribed to "look the other way" for members of the Mafia. Also in the industrial sector, Union organizers were also bribed to fit the Mafia's agenda. Specifically the profession of the Longshoremen was the most susceptible to the bribes due to the positioning of where longshoremen worked which were on ports. Ports were very important for the Mafia as it was a quick way to transport illegal goods. Overall the American Mafia presence greatly affected American life specifically during the Prohibition years and set precedents for many decades to follow after the repeal of Prohibition.