Right At The Roots

Item Info

Item No: pixc00300
Title: Right At The Roots
Additional Title: Right At The Roots
Media Type: Cartoons (Commentary)
Source: Print and Picture Collection

After Prohibition ended in 1933, major criminal organizations diversified and became increasingly powerful in the process. Gambling, loan-sharking, and the growth industry of narcotics distribution became important sources of criminal revenue as repeal threatened the proceeds from the illegal sale of alcohol.... An increasingly significant area of enterprise during this period was "racketeering." While the term may be defined many different ways, it generally refers to the variety of means by which organized crime groups, through the use of violence (actual or implied), gain control of labor unions or legitimate businesses. Often, though, the relationships that joined organized crime groups to unions or legitimate business were mutually advantageous.

  • "Organized Crime." HighBeam Research, 2002. Web. 5 Nov. 2015.


Created for Evening Public Ledger, date unknown.


The action of the bar association works to take down crime, which is benefitting from racketeering, legal advice, and protection.

Creator Name: Sykes, Charles Henry, 1882-1942 - Artist