During the 1920's the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitiution
was created in 1919 and it was Prohibition. Prohibition outlawed the making, importing, and selling of alcohol in the
United States. Prohibition inspired the bootleggers to become causes of concern for the FBI. The 1920's gansters
were a challenge for the FBI because of their newer, better weapons and their faster automobiles. The FBI was put in
charge of bringing down the mobs because in many cases the mobs would take advantage of corrupt politicans and local police
forces. At its peak the Chicago mob had a yearly income of over $300 million (Schlesinger 37).
Bootlegging was very popular because it was very easy to make
a large amount of money quick. J. Edgar Hoover once said, "American law enforcement had reached a crisis... Men
and women who had engaged in every form of outlawing- even to mass murder- were assembled under a common banner,
with the result that great numbers of criminals were ready and eager to take up new forms of lawbreaking of the most
vicious sort" (Schlesinger 38). Hoover said this after in 1929 it was stated that is was possible to get alcohol anywhere
in the United States at any time regardless of Prohibition. Prohibition was a difficult law for the FBI to enforce.