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- DescriptionFrom the slot machine trust of the early 1900s to the prolific Prohibition era bootleggers allied with Al Capone, and for decades beyond, organized crime in Chicago Heights, Illiis, represented a vital component of the Chicago Outfit. Louis Corsi taps interviews, archives, government documents, and his own family's history to tell the story of the Chicago Heights boys and their place in the city's Italian American community in the twentieth century. Debunking the popular idea of organized crime as a uniquely Italian enterprise, Corsi delves into the social and cultural forces that contributed to illicit activities. As he shows, discrimination blocked opportunities for Italians' social mobility and the close-knit Italian communities that arose in response to such limits produced a rich supply of social capital Italians used to pursue alternative routes to success that ranged from Italian grocery stores to union organizing to, on occasion, crime.
- Author BiographyLouis Corsino is a professor of sociology at North Central College.
- Author(s)Louis Corsino
- PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
- Date of Publication10/11/2014
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Illinois Press
- Content Note3 black and white photographs, 1 chart, 7 tables
- Weight295 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine13 mm
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