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E K Campbell
Can It Happen Here?
Comparison of city government corruption between Kansas City and Cincinnati, the more "rotten" one at the time being Kansas City.
Citizens' Election Committee in Action
Story of political corruption involving Democratic party officials at the polls and threatening phone calls following a police interaction.
Corruption and Mayhem--Inside Look at Mafia
Photos and article about the crack-down on a Kansas City "criminal empire deeply involved in murder, extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, bombing, arson and corruption of officials." Description...
Corruption: Missouri Waltz
Article about the reformist investigation of various types of corruption in the latest session of the Missouri State Legislature, led by lawyer Charles Martin Hay, pointing out several suspicious labor...
Crimes Arouse Public
Short article about suspected official corruption in allowing gambling and other organized crime to go on in the city.
Editorial Comment: "You Can't Fool All of the People. .."
Article about the drastic disappearance of corruption in the city government between 1940 and 1942, as evidenced in elections, taxes, employment, etc.
Editorial Comment: Lucky "13" for Kansas City?
Summary of the thirteen years under the city manager plan of government of Kansas City and its failure due to corruption.
Folk: The Story of a Little Leaven in a Great Commonwealth
Photo and article about the political corruption in the Missouri state government with descriptions of several politicians such as Alexander Cochran, "state counselor for the Missouri Pacific" Railroad,...
Jim Reed's Great Opportunity
Biographical article about the role of Missouri Senator James Reed as a leader in the investigation of "corruption affecting Senate personnel" partially by the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, noting Reed's "record...
Joe McNamara Talks about Strikes, fires, the Mafia, and Kojak
Photos, interview, and biographical article about Joseph McNamara, chief of the Kansas City Police Department (from 1973-1976), discussing the labor strike of police officers firefighters, presence organized...
Kansas City Blacks, Harry Truman and the Pendergast Machine
October 1, 1974
Article explores the political aspects of race relations in Kansas City during the 1920s and 1930s in respect to the Pendergast regime and Harry Truman's place in the political scene. Includes photos of...
Kansas City House Cleaning
Origins of the federal investigation of political corruption by Judges Albert L. Reeves and Merrill E. Otis and District Attorney Maurice M. Milligan, beginning in about 1936.
Kansas City: Once the Sodom-Gomorrah of the Short Grass, It Has Now Repented, Waxed Fat and Respectable
Extensive article about constants and changes in the character of Kansas City, including its vice, violence, and corruption of the late 1800s and 1930s. Also a descriptive section on Independence and several...
Article about the accusations by Saint Louis lawyer Charles M. Hay of corruption in the Missouri state legislature, including bribe-taking on behalf of special interest lobbyers, etc., in an attempt to...
My Views on Sunday Closing
January 30, 1908
Judge Wallace's strong views on Sunday blue laws: "All unnecessary labor on Sunday should be punishable. ..The theatrical manager and the actors are the worst offenders because they aid in the corruption...
Article about the probable continued corruption in City Hall without bringing in outsiders, for example, a city manager from outside Kansas City, and thus not from the Pendergast "clique."
Perspective--Blood, Ballots and Boodle
Article congratulating the "outstanding job of machine smashing" in Kansas City by Maurice M. Milligan. Also his account told in his book about the political corruption of the Pendergast Machine all the...
Perspective--No Red Herring
Article about the continuation of political corruption in Kansas City, facilitated by Pendergast sympathizer President Truman, and in spite of efforts of investigator Maurice M. Milligan.
Spotlight on History
File containing a biographical article about Thomas Speers (1839-1896), appointed in 1874 "the first Chief of Police of Kansas City under the new State Metropolitan Police Law" with 28 police officers...
The Citizens' League and the Federal Vote Cases
Description of actions put forth by the Citizens' League to expose and eliminate political corruption in election frauds.
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