Saturday, November 19, 2016

* Why The Great Gatsby is So Grand in Times of Prohibition *



    Last year, I read one of the most dark yet pleasing books, The Great Gatsby by  F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was a required reading in my English class but within the first chapters, the book became a cordial interest for my year. Though my blog reveals the darker consequences of Prohibition, The Great Gatsby discusses how things occurred in a more bubbly fashion. It introduced expression, and a refreshing female based rebellion.
    While reading Fitzgerald’s book, I was shown a dynamic side of the prohibition. It displayed  the differences in class while showing the similarities in want and freedom. The rich still demanded the free will to alter their nights with the booze that they felt “they damn well deserved”, as the same with the poor. Even with discrimination at its prime, people still binded together and rich even visited less fortunate sides of towns to participate in the scandalous parties erupting on each class. It brought a level of equality but still strayed incredibly far from that exact ideal. Things were almost so forbidden they became a secret craving for everyone.
    What got me so hypnotized in this reading was all the subtle informative cues. For example, there was a scene involving Tom Buchanan in a secret bar making conversation with what appeared was to be a businessman. This particular business man was quickly found out by the reader to be involved in some gambling and bootlegging. What this scene gave out was what the prohibition encouraged, the normality of crime all around us. I will always beam at the fact on how The Great Gatsby succeeded on displaying  crime, violence, and guiltless joy in such a spectacular and vibrating energy.


Monday, October 24, 2016

*The Bee's Knees Mocktail*



Yo, if reading up on my blog got you in the mood for a mixed drink but your age still restricts you from the delicacies of next level beverages then check out this virgin interpretation of the famous during the prohibition era, The Bee's Knees.



                                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2d-e9_wJrg

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Passion


The prohibition caused multiple conflicts to erupt. Though the intention truly was to prevent the inclining crime rates to recede, it only inspired people to take their crimes to the next level. After this “noble experiment” was placed in action, gangs began to in large and the most extreme American gangsters like Al Capone were born. The prohibition is one of the many failed laws or restrictions America has done. Its dumbfounding that lawmakers have not yet accepted the fact that if more rules are placed on a group of people, the more likely that group will rebel. As individuals, we are all brilliant, but as a group we become children, and children abominate rules.

A Good Joke.


During Prohibition it was said tailors would ask customers what size pockets they wanted, pint or quart. -By Will Rogers                                                                

Living as Scarface

Many people view a gangster’s family as the largest violence influencers, Al Capone however was just not that case. His family was known to be respected, educated people from Italy. They moved in the 1890’s in the much more diverse and poverty struck Brooklyn, Chicago. Al Capone was born there in January 1899.
    It was at age fourteen that Capone began displaying extreme behavior when he hit a female teacher at Church school. The largest influencer to violence for young Capone was when he began affiliating himself with Johnny Torrio, a gangster who became his “teacher” for his soon to be legendary gang life. Torrio showed him how to filter his violence and intense doings as a tool to create one of America’s most greatest gang empires of all time.
    Capone started first with James Street Boys  gang and eventually made his way into the Five Points gang. At this time was when he earned the name “ Scarface” after getting slashed along his left cheek by a hoodlum in a saloon. His reputation was growing fast but he stuck to a surprising stand against gun use in his illegal traffickings and underground brothel industries.
   When the prohibitions really took place, he created a mass bootlegging industry and after his friend/teacher Torrio passed, he became responsible for all of his illegal works (nightclubs, whorehouse.gambling dens, breweries, and speakeasies). Investigators continually tried to jail him but with Capone’s luck, he was able to get away with invalid evidence. However, Capone finally was sent to Alcatraz in 1934 but only for tax evasion of 32,488.81 dollars. He was released after six and a half years for good behavior but slowly died on his Palm island Palace from tertiary syphilis (STDs).
   Even though Al Capone died young, his legacy has yet to falter. Gangs all over America and even Italy still give him countless amounts of respect. No matter how you see Capone he still is and always will be a legend and a large influence of the alcohol rebellions during the Prohibition.

http://www.biography.com/people/al-capone-9237536

Introduction


I myself never looked into the prohibition. Sure I am a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald's most popular book, The Great Gatsby , But to say I studied the details on this topic would be false. However, I always wanted to spend a period of time searching the outcomes, reasons, and content of a historical event. I will be focusing on the violence and rebellions of the Prohibition of the 1920’s and 30’s. This includes mobs and gangs that developed through bootlegging and details on why people could not follow the simple rule to not drink. When the research train comes to a stop, my expected “gain” out of it is a better knowledge on the history of the Prohibition and how this caused violence to erupt and caused gangs to develop and stick to this day. I also look forward to getting a sense of how the bootlegging industry was able to create potent fluids with apparent limited circumstances.