Chicago and alcohol prohibition go hand in hand. From January 1920 to December 1933, alcohol was illegal in the United States. This period was called the Prohibition Era, and it was not a good time for most people. Gangsters like Al Capone ran the town, and helped shape Chicago into what it is today.
Prohibition was introduced as a result of the rise in alcoholism. But people weren’t going to stop drinking, so illegal drinking establishments, called speakeasies, began popping up across the country. While the most famous speakeasies were located in big cities, there were plenty in rural America. These places got alcohol either from making it themselves, or buying it from Canada where it was still legal. The people that sold the alcohol were called bootleggers.
Much like gangs today, Chicago was divided into territories: the South Side was owned by Al Capone and the North Side was owned by Bugs Moran. Each had their own gang and places of business.
Capone and Moran engaged in bloody battles throughout the 1920’s, horrifying the nation. It all boiled up to February 14, 1927 when seven of Moran’s men were lined up by a group pretending to be the police, and they were shot and killed. Although it was never proven, it is believed this was Capone’s doing, and is referred to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
The U.S. Department of Justice created a special unit to put an end to Capone. This group, called The Untouchables – and led by Elliot Ness – were the ones who eventually brought Capone down for tax evasion. Capone was sentenced to federal prison in 1931, and on December 5, 1933, prohibition was repealed by the 21st Amendment.
So after that healthy dose of reading, it is time to reveal the 2018 Chicago Draft Tournament theme: 1920’s Prohibition!
The seventh team up is the Elliot Ness’!
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