Friday, April 17, 2009

Interested in non-Italian organized crime

Because it exists or existed much more prevalently. Some of the propaganda surrounding the Mafia and Italians goes back to anti-Italian sentiments, and anti-ethnic American sentiments in general, sort of a "there goes the neighborhood" vibe. But good 'ole Anglos had their own organized crime too. The question is just what is organized crime?

Who controlled the houses of prostitution? Who offered pornography for sale before it was legal and acceptable? Who controlled illegal gambling operations? The answers to those questions would bring out some what the organized crime structure looked like in the given area. Also, do elected officials on the local level require bribes for action? Is there corruption regarding contracts? What about a political machine, possibly connected with this stuff in some way?

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