Organized crime Term Paper

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organized crime

The first gangs appeared in the mid 19th century in big cities, in ethnic districts. These
gangs were born out of one major contradiction in the United States: opportunity for all
and equality for all - and real practice of this combination (the discrimination against
foreigners: Jews, Catholics, Russians, Polish...)

The West was usually not an option in 1890 for it was closed. Eastern cities like Chicago
were cities where ghettos had formed. There was a regulated competition in poor ghettos
and knowing a gang member was a good way to get a job.

There were different levels: the federal level, the city level and the county level. Each
level has a strong degree of independence. One county could decide to stay dry (without
alcohol) where another would be wet.

Since the end of the Civil War, American capitalism gave rise to monopoly capitalism,
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