April 2024

Our Italian Ancestors in the Prohibition Era: 1920 to 1933

From 1920 to 1933, prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcohol had a profound effect on the lives of ancestors for whom wine, beer, or spirits were part of their culture. What were our Italian ancestors up against?

Justin Cascio studies the families and organizational patterns of the Sicilian Mafia. The one-place study of his family’s ancestral hometown of Corleone, Sicily, has over 20,000 individual profiles, and identifies more than two hundred Mafia members and associates. Justin writes the popular website, Mafia Genealogy. His articles on Mafia families have been published by The Mob Museum (Las Vegas), Gangsters, Inc., and Informer Journal.

Justin Cascio