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Rise of Gangsters in the Prohibition Era


Charles "Lucky" Luciano

New York City
Thursday, January 2, 2014

In his book, “Prohibition Gangsters,” author Marc Mappen argues that the coming of Prohibition created a major new industry based on the sale of illegal alcohol, allowing a whole generation of small-time criminals to rise to power and prominence. Mr. Mappen talks about researching his book, and focuses on two specific gangsters in New York City, including Charles “Lucky” Luciano. This event is from the National Archives at New York City. 

Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:43am (ET)

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