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    All in the Family (1984)

    Known as “the Honored Society,” at its place of origin in Palermo and western Sicily, the Mafia was a massive criminal brotherhood that took control of all local governments and businesses in the western part of Sicily. The migration of Sicilians to the United States brought with it many members of “the Family.” They […]

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    Birthright of Gangsters (1984)

    The migration of Sicilians to America brought with it members of the Family, a highly organized subculture that controlled the political power structure of the western region of Italy. The concept transferred well to America, in both New York and Chicago. This episode looks at the success of the mafia in the gambling mecca […]

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    Make It Legitimate (1984)

    Mob presence in the political and business infrastructures of cities like New York and Chicago gave the Mafia the power base needed to run illicit activities, such as gambling and bootlegging. A phenomenon of the modern era of Mafia business is its infiltration into legitimate commerce, as a cover for illegal activities. The episode […]

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    Making of the Mob (1984)

    This episode is an in-depth look into the shady underworld of the Mob. Starting with the government’s prohibition of alcohol that gave the mob its foothold in the underbelly of America, to the illicit high-stakes drug wars that take place on the streets of today, in this second episode we see the gangsters and […]

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    Racket Busters (1984)

    Owing its rise to power to the Prohibition Era and the public’s desire for illicit substances, organized crime has since branched out into many other ventures, both legal and illegal. In this episode, the subject is the law enforcement network, and its efforts to control the racketeering activities of the Mafia. Archival news clips, […]

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    The Mob at Work (1984)

    Patterned after the model of the Family in Sicily, mafia activities in America centered in large industrial centers, such as New York and Chicago. Part of the mob’s success was its ability to deliver jobs. It was only natural that its influence would be felt in organized labor. The film looks at those ties […]

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    The Old Mob and the New (1984)

    In this final episode, the documentary investigates the presence of the Mob in the illicit drug trade. Since the mid-’80s, drug trafficking has reached epidemic proportions in America. The episode portrays how Mafia cartels in both the United States and Latin America are behind much of the drug scene, with its attendant culture of […]