...Youth Gangs It is believed that youth gangs initially appeared in Europe (Klien, 1996), or Mexico (Redfield; 1941; Rubel 1965: However it is not totally clear when or why youth
gangs made their appearance in the United States. The earliest record of their appearance
in the United States may have been as early as 1783, as the American Revolution
ended(Sante 1991, Sheldon 1898). Thrasher (1927), says in the "Gang" that, "they may
have emerged spontaneously from adolescent play groups as a collective response to
urban condition in this country"(Thrasher) While others (Redfield, 1941; Rubel, 1965),
suggests that gangs emerged after the Mexican revolution in 1813". As to why and how... ...