Al Capone

Gangster, racketeerer, bootlegger, celebrity

The Life of Alphonus Capone

Alphonus Capone, better known as Al Capone, was born on January 17th, 1899, in Brooklyn, New York. He dropped out of school during the sixth grade, which later led to him joining the Five Points Brooklyn gang. Al Capone also became a bouncer at gangster Frankie Yale's club, the Harvard Inn. This is where Capone murdered two men in New York. Yale then sent him to Chicago in 1919, where he would become the most infamous gangster of all time. While in Chicago, he met his mentor Johnny Torrio, who soon promoted Capone to partner in his bootlegging operation. Once Torrio was shot by a rival gang, he decided to leave Chicago and go back to Italy. After he left, Capone took over the bootlegging empire, making a reported $100,000,000 per year. Al Capone's reign over Chicago ended on February 14th, 1929, due to the St. Valentines Day Massacre. Capone's men, posing as police, gunned down 7 rival gang members in cold blood. This led Capone to become "Public Enemy Number 1." Capone was later sentanced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion. He spent his first 2 years in Atlanta, but was later moved to Alcatraz after he was caught bribing the guards. Al Capone served a total of 6-and-a-half years in prison before being released due to declining health. He later died in his Miami home on January 25, 1947. Al Capone is known today as the most notorious gangster in American history.

The Impact of Al Capone

Al Capone impacted the 1920's in many different ways. Many people believe that Capone helped lead to the end of prohibition in 1933. Al Capone also led to the beginning of gang wars in early 1920's. He also showed that no laws are strong enough to control the will of people. Al Capone was a key figure in shaping the 1920's.


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