Answered By: Bruce Whitham
Last Updated: Oct 06, 2016     Views: 20

I expect that a "web-based article" means that you should use the resources on the library Website: http://www.lib.rowan.edu.

On this page you will see a tab for Databases. Click that tab and you will be presented with a choice of browsing alphabetically or "by subject". The alphabetical list is good if you know what you want. To see the resources available for history, click in the box on By Subject to see a drop-down menu and from the menu select History. You will then be presented with an alphabetical list of resources for History.  

Given your subject interest, I would start with America: History and Life. You should also look at (maybe start with) a resource called CQ-Researcher. Go to the letter C scroll down to, and select CQ Library. then click on CQ Researcher. Mouse over the Tab that says Browse reports and click on issue tracker. In the list that appears, look for terms like Prohibition, Organized Crime, etc. A review of two of three of these CQ reports and you will be way up to speed on the topic and you'll be ready to do an effective search in America: History and Life, or perhaps JSTOR.

Also look at the Historical New York Times. or the Historical Washington Post. Set the date range for the 20s and early 30s.

Also look at the FBI Vault for primary documents. Using the CQ Researcher, you will have seen names like Capone, Lansky, the Purple Gang, and Luciano. 

There is also a different track on bootlegging, in PA, Ohio, Kentucky. This was less organized but just as interesting. More about still in the mountains and "revenuers." It is a big topic and fascinating in a weird way, I think.