TITLE

Muscling in on Labor

AUTHOR(S)
Goodman, Walter
PUB. DATE
April 1956
SOURCE
New Republic;4/30/56, Vol. 134 Issue 18, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article describes that organized crime meant small gangs of safecrackers, stick-up men, counterfeiters and the like. The gang members were out and out hoodlums, identifiable though unpretentious men who lived by their trigger fingers and good right arms. Organized crime today operates far less candidly. The 1956 racketeer prefers to pursue his livelihood from behind the desk of a union local or a trucking concern; and when triggers have to be squeezed, he hires someone else to do the squeezing. Prohibition is generally credited with bringing the underworld above ground. In the twenties, bootleg liquor manufacturers, most of them formerly legitimate distillers, got the idea of employing hoodlums to highjack one another's truckloads of illegal merchandise. The sharper-witted hoodlums quickly figured out that they could do the high-jacking in their own interests and made the classic American transition from hired hand to boss.
ACCESSION #
14433443

 

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