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Glenn E Rice
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...
Unverified article about Kansas City's political boss Tom Pendergast.
City Window: Hollywood Asks Morris about Truman, Pendergast
Photo and biographical article Milton Morris, or Milt Morris, a 71-year-old (in 1983) bar operator and "a chauffeur for Western Missouri Judge Truman at the same time he was a go-fer for the Pendergast...
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,...
Crime: In Truman's Back Yard
In-depth story of city politics between slain mob leader Binaggio and President Truman's supporter, Tom Pendergast.
Criminal Aspects of the Pendergast Machine
Detailed examination of the Kansas City political machine of Tom Pendergast (starting with his older brother James Pendergast), "one of the most powerful city machines in United States history," from "the...
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...
In Honor of Tom Pendergast
Photos and article arguing against the promotion by the Kansas City Landmarks Commission and the Kansas City Star "that Tom Pendergast's old office building at 1908 Main be designated for the National...
Kansas City Politics: A Study of Boss Pendergast
Unverified article about the political machine of Boss Tom Pendergast not found in this library.
Kansas City Sin: New Drive on Boss Pendergast Started by Missouri Governor
Article about the history of campaigns to stop vice-type crime in Kansas City, highlighting the lastest by Governor Lloyd Stark against the vice propagated by the Pendergast machine, especially Downtown....
Kansas City: An American Story
June 21, 1905
Chapter of the book about the decade of the 1930s in Kansas City, highlighting the Pendergast political machine, including "jobs and jazz; crime and corruption," in the era of the Depression, with photos...
KC’s Organized-crime Past Inspires an Up-to-date App
April 9, 2015
A new cell phone app, designed by retired Kansas City police officer Gary Jenkins, takes users on a Kansas City mob history tour.
On the Go in a Wide-Open Town: Harry Truman's Kansas City
Article about Kansas City during Harry Truman's local retail and political careers, from 1919 to 1934, starting with his haberdashery (hat store) business, Truman & Jacobson, at 104 West 12th Street, until...
Organized Crime in Kansas City
"Open City is an historical work detailing and analyzing the birth and growth of an organized crime 'family' in Kansas City during the first 50 yars of the 20th Century" (back cover). It includes names...
Organized Crime in Kansas City, Missouri
Book jacket reads: "The alliance between organized crime and politics was never stronger than it was in Kansas City, where the local Mob boss controlled the police department and terrorized elections.......
Rebel at Large: Recollections of Fifty Crowded Years
Chapter of the book about the Rabbits and Goats factions of the Jackson County Democratic Party and the role of their leaders such as Jim Pendergast, Tom Pendergast, and James Reed (all Goats) in the Missouri...
Chapter of the book about the federal law enforcement point of view on the political machine in Missouri of Boss Tom Pendergast of Kansas City especially during the 1930s. Description of his criminal investigations...
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.
News of the 1934 city elections in Kansas City, with four people killed "as a result of gang methods of getting out the vote" by the Pendergast machine and Bryce Smith elected mayor over the "fusionist,"...
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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