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A gangster, or mobster, is an outlaw who is usually a member of a criminal organization.
The term is most commonly used in reference to the members of the organized crime who took part in illegal and criminal activities in the United States' prohibition era ( 1920's-1930's). Those members were the “spiritual” offspring of the Italian Mafia members. Their hierarchical organization was patterned after a traditional family structure, with a patriarchal figure like Al Capone being the authority.
The image of the typical gangster, smoking cigars, wearing snazzy tuxedo and shooting at everything that moves was fostered during the prohibition, an era when selling or manufacturing alcohol was banned in the United States. As for all forbidden things, the demand for alcoholic beverages didn't decrease after the law on prohibition was passed, and some bands sensed that alcohol could be a lucrative business.
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We refer to gangsters as members of an organized crime, because they are indeed “cleverly” organized. Their activities may ranged from prostitution, drugs and alcohol selling, racketing, gambling, gun traffics...
They provided to “honest” people banned things like prostitutes and games, and at the same time extorted money from local shopkeepers.
In the early stages of their organization, gangsters were able to creep in and to settle in many businesses for several reasons: because of the old saying “union is strength” that proved correct, because the economy and the power in force were weak and because the more money they got, the more powerful they became, both in their criminal sphere, and in the legal sphere as they corrupted people (through blackmail or bribery) who were supposed to side the law.
Gangsters managed to legitimate in a way their activities because they had enough money to look like any other corporations.
In Chicago, Al Capone “ruled” the entire city. Legal authorities couldn't stop gangsters because they had enough money to bribe policemen and to pay for the silence of civilians. Like for all gang, Capone's gang was involved in the so-called “gang wars”. He commanded the “Saint Valentin's day massacre”, the assassination of 7 members from a rival gang on February the 14th 1929.