The American Mafia AKA the Mafia, The Mob originated from the Sicilian Mafia. It was a secret criminal society without a formal name and was known in Sicily as the Honored Society. The earliest criminal groups in the United States became known as the Black Hand because they signed their extortion demand notes with a Black Hand print. It was not until the 1960’s that law enforcement was able to unearth the name used by the members of La Cosa Nostra.
The times have changed but the Mafia’s activities have remained the same.
In the 1920s and 1930s, the United States was flooded by a wave of gangsters who set up various illegal activities. Over time, these gangsters extended their reach, developed sophisticated operations and forged agreements among themselves. Because American Law enforcement respond to the crimes instead of the criminal organizations, the gangs developed into a powerful syndicate known as La Cosa Nostra.
In large cities in the United States., business’s pays a mob tax” to Cosa Nostra in order to be able to do business. In the 1960s the 2000 “made members” of La Cosa Nostra belonged to 24 Cosa Nostra families. Cosa Nostra has been cast as a criminal menace to American Society.
La Cosa Nostra in 20th Century produced Paul Palmeri, Albert Anastasia, Frank Costello, Stefano Magaddino, Peter Magaddino, Vito Genovese, Carlo Gambino, Joe Adonis, Willie Moretti, Al Capone, Joe Dicarlo, Sam Dicarlo, Lucky Luciano and too many more to mention.
La Cosa Nostra penetrated the largest American trade unions. Using force and corruption, Cosa Nostra gained control over the trade unions of food workers, sea ports, building trades, hotel, and restaurant workers etc.