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Organized Crime in Chicago: Beyond the Mafia

Robert M. Lombardo


This book provides a comprehensive sociological explanation for the emergence and continuation of organized crime in Chicago. Tracing the roots of political corruption that afforded protection to gambling, prostitution, and other vice activity in Chicago and other large American cities, the book challenges the dominant belief that organized crime in America is a descendent of the Sicilian Mafia. According to this widespread “alien conspiracy” theory, organized crime evolved in a linear fashion beginning with the Mafia in Sicily, emerging in the form of the Black Hand in America's immigrant col ... More

Keywords: organized crime, Chicago Outfit, political corruption, gambling, prostitution, vice activity, Sicilian Mafia, Cosa Nostra, African American community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037306
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037306.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert M. Lombardo, author
Loyola University Chicago