15 Octobre 2017
Al Capone’s life in close-up
Between 1920 and 1929, the economy is very good in Chicago. The city is booming and so is organized crime. Rival gangs divide the city into territories which they constantly fight over using methods that can hardly be described as peaceful. In 1920, a stranger arrives in Chicago. In his hometown NY, he only manages to make his mark as a small-time gangster among the other small-time criminals. Now, he is ready for something new; his name: Al Capone. In his own lifetime, he will become the biggest gangster of all time. Together Torio and Capone enters the illegal alcohol trade, a successful and remarkable move for Capone, after arriving in Chicago as a poor immigrant. Prohibition provided Capone with an exciting, lucrative opportunity to become a millionaire. On the one hand, the potential for profit were extremely high and on the other hand, the possibility of being arrested, incarcerated, punished, those possibilities were low. So this situation was an ideal market situation for Capone. He was a poor immigrant who was faced with a lot of adversity when he came to America. I don’t think there were a lot of opportunities by way of education or job opportunities so he became a criminal.
BrE / ˈspiːkiːzi /
NAmE / ˈspiːkiːzi /
a place in the US where people could buy alcohol illegally, at the time in the 1920s and 1930s when it was illegal to make or sell alcohol