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A 13-Year Nightmare Ends
Letter to the editor reviewing the 13 years (from about 1926 to 1939) of unofficial city government control by the Pendergast machine in Kansas City and the demand for a clean-up campaign to ensure against...
A Political Boss Talks about His Job
Candid interview with Tom Pendergast with several quotes and insights into the Pendergast machine.
Unverified article about Kansas City's political boss Tom Pendergast.
Can It Happen Here?
Comparison of city government corruption between Kansas City and Cincinnati, the more "rotten" one at the time being Kansas City.
Civic Housekeepers And More
A history of women's organizations and women civic leaders in Kansas City. Beginning the in the 1850s and continuing forward, women in Kansas City sought to form groups that addressed issues of education,...
Information on the Clean-Up Campaign in the late 1930s, organized to remove local political machine boss Tom Pendergast from his position of unofficial power over the city.
Dictionary of Missouri Biography
Biography of Thomas J. Pendergast (1872-1945), the political boss of Kansas City, Missouri, roughly during the 1920s and 1930s, responsible for much city government corruption and unenforced criminal activities...
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.
First Floor Cleaned
News of City Manager Henry F. McElroy's resignation.
Unverified article, missing from the bound periodical in this library.
Kansas City Politics: A Study of Boss Pendergast
Unverified article about the political machine of Boss Tom Pendergast not found in this library.
Machine Politics: Kansas City Model
Master of arts thesis on machine politics in Kansas City with information on political boss Tom Pendergast and many others, etc.
Opposition to the Pendergast Machine, 1925-1934
Thesis about the Tom Pendergast machine, starting with 1925 and including a large section on Rabbi Mayerberg's "crusade" against the machine.
Election of local party candidates over political machine members to dispell Pendergast's hold on the city with the Democratic Party.
Recall Unfaithful Officials
Article about the "investigations of grand juries, of the Forward Kansas City Committee and of the beginning of the audits of the city and county governments reveal[ing] incompetence and neglect in government...
Renaissance in Kansas City
Report on the "outstanding progress" in reform of Kansas City's government (following the imprisonment of former boss Tom Pendergast), with financial statistics.
Ten Lessons Kansas City Can Teach the Nation
Description of ten positive aspects of Kansas City's government after the ousting of the Pendergast machine.
Th Shame of the Cities
Article giving a history of the Pendergast political machine, pointing out how such machines across the country win the favor of the poor to stay in power.
The $5,000 Check That "Tom" Accepted
Photo and caption about the possible embezzlement of a check endorsed only by Tom Pendergast for the city government's bill for sewer work done by the Kelly-Dennis contractors.
The End of Pendergast
Article about the downfall of the Pendergast machine and the events leading up to it, starting more or less with murders of federal prisoners "in front of the city's railroad passenger terminal" in 1933....
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