Al Capone was the most know of all the bootleggers. He thrived on bootleg alcohol sales as well as prostitution, racketeering, gambling and other illegal activity. As a Chicago mobster, Capone built a bootlegging empire. He specialized in Canadian scotch whiskey and he simply bought off anyone who got in his way. Al Capone got a lot of press in those days and was almost seem as a national emblem.
Worse Than It Seems
Seven months after the ratification of the Eighteenth amendment, the nineteenth amendment giving women the right to vote was ratified. This seemed to be a victory for prohibition as women were a huge percent of the people who supported prohibition. however, women had to deal with the new criminal bootleggers that surrounded them. From that moment on, Many people joined forces to get prohibition repealed. But even then prohibition seemed unlikely but than the great depression happened. Unemployment was at an all time high and people soon realized that alcohol was a huge part of the U.S. economy. Now the U.S. government was spending money enforcing unenforceable laws while all the money spent on buying alcohol.