During a seat in the House of Representatives,
During the 1871-1929 time period Chicago was a town in which both criminal and social
workers operated.For various reasons both of these groups found a way to operate in the
same city.Sometimes because they wanted to co-exist in the same place and sometimes
A large amount of Chicago's famous social work dealt with the rising immigrant
population.These immigrants came to Chicago from other lands looking for a better life.
However, it would be naive to think all of the immigrants were willing to attain power and
wealth legally.These immigrants would become both legit and corrupt politicians as well
as some of Chicago's most notorious gangsters.Fred Lundin, an immigrant from Sweden,
was behind the election of W.H. Thompson as mayor of Chicago.Lundin did not follow
the traditional American route to success.He did not scrape and claw his way to the top;
important friends pushed him up the ranks.Despite this, Lundin bought himself a seat in
the House of Representatives, which led to a scandal.The end result of this scandal was
that in 1911 Lundin was kicked out of the House and an Amendment to the Constitution
was written calling for the direct election of senators.
Crime as well as criminals simply emerged from the immigrant population.Since the
immigrant population was loyal to its own kind and never really complained about
corruption, social workers did not bother with hard crime such as shakedowns and
racketeering.They were more concerned with the moral crime of not helping those who
One cannot say because of this corrupt politician and other criminals like Al Capone
that all immigrants were corrupt.However, the immigrants were loyal to their own kind.
All the groups of immigrants lived in their own community separate from the other
immigrants.There were not too many attempts made to bring the people from various
lands together either.Jane Addams&