USH kickoff Dec 18-20: The Untouchables

al capone

Al “Scarface” Capone

When we finish the first part of the movie, you’ll write a summary of what you saw.

Part 1: as you watch the movie, make note of the following. After we finish Part 1, you will write a summary paragraph that includes all of the following words:   Prohibition / Treasury Department / Volstead Act  / Eliot Ness / Jim Malone / George Stone / Al Capone / Chicago


Eliot Ness, 1932

Part 2: after we finish the movie, copy/paste these questions to a new post:

1.   Do you think the Untouchables were right to use the tough tactics they did? Why or why not?

2.   At the end of the movie, Eliot Ness says, “I think I’ll have a drink.” What does that tell you about Ness’ personality?

3.   Was Prohibition a good idea? Why or why not?

250+ words total (part 1 & 2) Add a relevant photo and spellcheck.

In January of 1920, the 18th amendment of the U.S. Constitution went into effect.  This began the “Prohibition Era” in the U.S. during which the manufacture, transport, sale and consumption of alcohol was prohibited.

Criminal organizations quickly stepped in to provide alcohol.  The newly created black market meant that profits would be very high for those willing to take the risk of producing and transporting alcohol to those who wanted it.   The criminal gangs used the incredible profits from the illegal alcohol business to bribe police and politicians. Murder rates soared as these same gangs fought each other for profitable cities and alcohol production. The police and courts were overwhelmed by the consequences of the 18th amendment.

Today we’ll start a movie about the Prohibition era, “The Untouchables” (1987).

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