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An Interview With Robert Sweeney
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TitleAn Interview With Robert Sweeney
AbstractInterviewer: Horace M. Peterson III. Interview recorded July 28, 1976. 3 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digital, 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesListed in the political science, labor and community affaris categories. Robert Sweeney was born November 14, 1895. In the interview he discusses his early life, the black residential area in early 1900s Kansas City, the Pendergast era, political officials in Kansas City, etc.
SourceKansas City Public Library; Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.
LocationSC69-2, Tape 50, CD 50 (2 parts)
Local SubjectInterurban Railways
Sweeney, Robert
African Americans
Kelley, Clarence M.
Oral History
Citizens Association
Pendergast, Tom
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionOutline of Interview:

Robert Sweeney was born in Highland, Donovan County, Kansas thirty miles west of St. Joseph, Missouri. His parents were Bob and Julia Sweeney. His birth date is November 14, 1895. Talks about educational background and activities and community life in Highland. Operated his own business at age of 12 using a team of horses, driven by a white boy named Cecil Dilian, which he hired for $1.50 a day.

Discusses inter-urban railroad transportation in Kansas City areaas well as Black residential area in Kansas City during early 1900's and the prominent Blacks. Continuation of Kansas City during early 1900's. According to Sweeney more Blacks were Democrats during this period. Employment upon arrival in Kansas City. Learning to invest in common stock under Mr. A.R. Jones.

Attended Junior College at Lincoln High School. Discussion of Tom Pendergast and Citizens Association. Meeting Harry Truman, judge of the county court. Sweeney's opinion of past chief of police, Clarence Kelly and the police department. Political officials in Kansas City, Missouri. How Blacks should open their eyes.
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Item ID210268
CONTENTdm number36314
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