“Gang Mentality: History of America’s Gang Culture” explores the history of the criminal organization in
America and evaluates the type of disadvantaged life that all groups no matter the ethnicity shared and ultimately lead to
their joining a gang. This takes the gang member out of the realm of faceless culprit and delves deeper into the lives and
mentalities that work as catalysts that lead youth down the path of gangs and a life of crime. This piece answers the: who's,
what’s, when’s, where’s and how’s about gangs in America. The history paints a picture of the commonalities
that the gang members of the 18th Century share with the gang members of today. The class and social issue seem
to be consistent from group to group and century to century.