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Camorra, the (end of!)
I have no profound sociological insight to offer on the persistence of organized crime, the camorra (the Neapolitan Mafia) in Naples, but I offer this from The Galaxy, an Illustrated Magazine of Entertaining Reading, a journal published in New York from 1866 to 1878 by Sheldon and Company. Among contributors to the very first issue were heavyweights such as William Dean Howells, Henry James, Bayard Taylor and Anthony Trollope.
In May of 1868, the
journal ran an article by G.W. Appleton entitled
"The Camorra of Naples." The first paragraph was:
There follow long descriptions of the origin of the camorra, descriptions of involvement in smuggling and general leech-like attachment to all affairs public and private—what amounts to a shadow state, really.
article is glowingly in the past
tense: "…The existence until within a
few years…This society was known as
long have been permitted to
exist…etc." Written as it was, not
long after the unification of Italy in
1860, the article is optimistic. It
closes with this: