Al Capone

What impact did he have on society?

Who was Al Capone?

Al Capone was a notorious gangster who ran an organized crime syndicate in Chicago during the 1920s, taking advantage of the era of Prohibition. Capone, who was both charming and charitable as well as powerful and vicious, became an iconic figure of the successful American gangster.

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So how did he impact society?

I think his most important and lasting impact is that he showed laws cannot be made which go against the will of the people

It was the Holstead act that banned the sale of alcohol, but the people wanted alcohol. As there was a market which could not be filled legally, then Capone and others stepped in to fill that market.
As it was illegal then automatically they were breaking the law in doing so, but since the public wanted the goods and saw no harm in alcohol they overlooked the illegality and nearly all the people killed during Capone's "reign" were opposing gangsters.

It was only after the repeal of the Holstead act (making it legal to sell alcohol again) that the gang wars virtually disappeared.

The will of the people had made itself felt.