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Gangs in South Chicago

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by Nadia Perez

I interviewed three Mexican men, one Puerto Rican Man, and a man that was half white and half Mexican. All of these men were affiliated with some sort of gang. The gangs they were involved with and mentioned were the Saints, the Royal Knights, the South Deering boys, the 2/6 boys, and the Mojo Knights. These gangs range from the 1960’s to the 1980’s.

These gangs were from the South-East Side of Chicago located near Calumet River and Lake Michigan. In the 1960’s South Chicago was a home to many working class citizens. Many European immigrants lived there because of the mills they had there during that time. There were also Mexican immigrants that lived there and African Americans. This area can be clearly portrayed of an example of a Melting Pot with the many different cultures that inhibited that land.

The purpose of this research was to find new information about gangs that have never been mentioned on the popular “gang world” and to see a positive spectrum that these gangs have contributed to their neighborhoods specifically in the South-East Side Chicago neighborhoods in the 1960’s and 1980’s.

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