Gangster Map 1927

When we think about gangsters in Chicago in the Roaring Twenties, we think of Capone’s outfit, O’Banion’s North Side Gang, the Gennas, and a few others. Those were certainly the main ones, but according to research done by Frederic Thrasher, a sociologist at the University of Chicago in the 1920s, Chicago had some 1,300 gangs. He estimated that there were about 25,000 men and boys in those gangs. This is the map he drew to show their location. (See https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/map-monday-chicago-gangland for more information.)

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  1. It would be interesting to compare this map to a modern one of today’s gangs. While sometimes I think of men as solitary creatures compared to women who like to gather, I see that as wrong.
    I am impressed by all the work that was put into this map


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