American Organized Crime of the 1920s


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Which amendment prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages?

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1. Why was the St. Valentine Day Massacre a significant event?

2. What is a speakeasy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Organized crime of the 1920's developed as a result of alcohol prohibition- criminal organizations sold alcohol illegally to the public for huge profits. The worksheet will delve into further detail on the subject, while the interactive quiz will test you on the amendments and the individuals involved.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • What the Eighteenth Amendment states
  • What happened at the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
  • The definition of 'speakeasy'
  • Why Al Capone was arrested and imprisoned

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of speakeasies to determine how they helped organized crime in the 1920's thrive
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding organized crime of the 1920's and how it developed
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about events and people related to organized crime in the 1920, such as the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre and Al Capone

Additional Learning

To learn more about the illegal sales of alcohol during prohibition, review the corresponding lesson on organized crime of the 1920's. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand what prohibition was
  • Examine the rise of speakeasies and illegal responses to the Eighteenth Amendment
  • Discuss the crime activity of Al Capone
  • Explain the repeal of prohibition