James Ragen

James Ragen

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. James Maxwell Ragen, Sr. was an Irish mobster and co-founder of the Chicago-based street gang and political club Ragen's Colts. After taking control of the social organization Ragen's Athletic and Benevolent Association with his brother Frank Ragen in the late 1890s, later known as Ragen's Colts, Ragen would soon become involved in the gang's usual activities including political intimidation, labor slugging and particularly bootlegging during Prohibition. A veteran of Chicago's "circulation wars" during the 1910s, Ragen would work under Moses Annenberg with other future Chicago mobsters such as Maurice Enright, Walter Stevens and Peter Gentleman in "bootjacking" or forcing downtown newspaper stands to sell Chicago American. By the early 1930s, Ragen had begun overseeing the day to day office operations for the Nationwide News Service, the sole distributors of racetrack and other gambling results nationwide, under the control of Moses Annenberg
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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 118g
  • Fec Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135736973
  • 9786135736977