Gang and organized violence in America
A lot of current culture violence seems to be centered around gangs. Gangs and Gang violence, are the topic of many a media account and political speech. It could be argued that the gang problem is now more wide spread. But this is probably due to increased population and our populations increase mobility.
The first gang may have appeared on the American Continent as early as 1783. Gang activity a peaked and ebbed through out American history it peaked in the late 1800, the 1920's, 1960's and the 1990's (1 ).
A gang called the "Undertakers" ruled their turf in the 1800's and when the police wanted to arrest one of their members Capt. George R. Rhodes, of the seventh Precinct would send a platoon of officers (2).
The Whyos was a American gang in the 1800's. It's reported the gang number 500 and they terrorized Manhattan. They also had rates for their activities. They charged $11.00 to knock a man out with a Black Jack, $15.00 to chew his ear off and $100.00 for murder (3 ).
There were also other early American gangs. One was called the "Forty Thieves" they committed killings muggings and other crimes. Other gangs were the Plug Uglies, the Dead Rabbits and the Chichesters the dead rabbits where known for muggings and pickpockets. The Plug Uglies Gang named after the big plug hat members wore (4 ).