How did Prohibition contribute to the growth of organized crime?

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Jun 22, 2018



Prohibition outlawed alcohol. People who already drank needed someplace to go where they could drink secretly. A secret bar was called a speakeasy. Speakeasies had their own culture that consisted of flappers and jazz music. Gangsters would often go to these types of places, have a drink, and plan criminal activity together.

Jun 26, 2018

It also was a way whereby the criminal world could organise and control illegal alcohol production and sales, making vast fortunes in the process. It also led to greater organisation of criminal activities particularly through the work of Charles "Lucky" Luciano


Other gangsters such as Al Capone made vast fortunes through bootlegging.