Using two of the following ‘Public Enemies’ and their respective sources to write a 500-1000-word essay that fully answers the following prompt:
During the Great Depression (1929-1939) there were a series of famous gangsters such as John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelly, John Ashley and Al Capone, committing crimes throughout the United States. This period became known in law enforcement as the Public Enemies Era based on the FBI keeping “Public Enemies” lists of wanted criminals. Below are a list of the criminals and their crimes. Despite their extensive list of criminal behavior and violence, many were and remain beloved by Americans. In your essay you should discuss why they were so beloved. You need to discuss the context (Great Depression) and if that had an impact on their public persona. Also include a discussion of the changes made in the criminal justice system because of their exploits.