• Italian Mafia Black Hand
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    Italian Mafia The Mafia was first developed in Sicily in feudal times to protect the estates of landlords who were out of town. The word Mafia, derived from the Sicilian word, Mafioso, means family. Today, Mafia is a name which describes a loose association of criminal groups. These groups can be bound together by blood, oath or sworn secrecy. Many people had considered the Sicilian Mafia as the most ruthless mobsters of the twentieth century. By the nineteenth century, the Mafia had become know...
  • Organized Crime Mafia Petrosino Black
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    Organized Crime in America Joanne Klein March 8, 1996 Period 4 One morning, as Mario Luigi opens his family-owned shoe store, a small envelope on the ground catches his eye. He immediately knows what it is-another black hand letter from the Mafia. "If this goes on much longer, I will surely go out of business," he thinks angrily. "Immigrating to America did me no good. The Mafia is everywhere." One of the reasons immigrants came to America was to escape criminal organizations like the Mafia. The...
  • United States Mafia Business Italians
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    Stephen Van TighemHistory 104 12: 00-12: 50 Kurt Dunbar Due: 11/19/2001 Term Paper Violence, blackmail and corruption as business terms, one would doubtfully consider them commonplace, but in the Mafia, nothing is. Looking at the history surrounding the Mafia, and the motivations apparent for its unconventional practices will lead one to realize that it is much more a union aimed at entrepreneurial success than the more common notion that it is simply a malicious group of amoral villains, anxiou...
  • Declared War Germany Hungary Alliances
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    Background Causes of World War 1 On Sunday, June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo, the Archduke and Archduchess of Austria-Hungary were both shot and killed by a member of the terrorist group called the Black Hand. This was the immediate cause of the war, but the war was caused by a number of other factors, most which were happening in the years leading up to the shooting at Sarajevo. There were six main background causes of world war 1. They were: imperialism, colonialism, militarism, the arms race, natio...
  • Archduke Ferdinand The Assassination
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    The Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand No other political murder in modern history has had such momentous consequences as the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. He was the heir to the Habsburg empire, and the first to fall victim to political homicide. Unlike some constitutional monarchies in Western Europe, the Habsburgs had failed to modernize their multinational state. They used force to defend their institutions, and they were faced with a mass of revolutionary movements in Ital...