King’s College London – MA Digital Humanities

Collaboration in the Digital Humanities 

University of Mary Washington – BA History

Perceptions of the Mafia in Popular Culture in the 1930s

This paper is a portrayal of the Mafia influence in popular culture during the 1930’s. Not only does it analyze popular films but it also analyses newspapers and crime journals to better understand why Americans are fascinated by crime. This paper also studies the reactions to the portrayal of the Mafia and how those reactions fed into the “Fight against Crime!” stance of the 1930’s. Finally it discusses how it affected the everyday life of the people living in the Great Depression.