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Nancy J Hulston
George K Wallace
Harold S Buttenheim
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 Bead on the Goats: Coalition Leader Seeks End of Pendergast Power
Article about the movement to purge the Kansas City area of its last vestiges of the Pendergast machine in the form of three court officers in an election.
A Political Boss Talks about His Job
Candid interview with Tom Pendergast with several quotes and insights into the Pendergast machine.
Biography of Henry Francis McElroy (1865-1939), City Manager
Biography of James Francis Pendergast (1856-1911), Kansas City Alderman
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,...
Frank Walsh and His Relationship With the Kansas City Star
A great deal of detail concerning Irish Kansas City lawyer and political figure, Frank Walsh. Includes information on his connection with the Board of Public Welfare, U.S. Commission on Industrial Relations,...
Kansas City Cleanup
Article about the elections encouraged by Mayor Gage spurring on the removal of the Pendergast machine.
Kansas City Will Try Again
Article about the upcoming opportunity "to oust the [Tom] Pendergast machine," and history of the council-manager plan of city government since 1916.
Kansas City's Declaration of Independence (with Apologies to Thomas Jefferson)
Duplicate of the original Declaration of Independence of the United States, adapted to the revolution against the Pendergast machine.
Kansas City: Queer Votes
Article about the evidence of vote fraud in the 1946 city elections, involving "Salvatore P. Montell, the Pendergast machine's precinct captain."
Leadership in a Large Manager City: The Case of Kansas City
Extensive article (with many scholarly references) on Kansas City's municipal leadership centering "on the nonpartisan principle" through the Citizens Association (since 1941) "and the council-manager...
Municipal Service Bureau Satisfies Vexed Citizens
Photo and article about the "Kansas City Bureau of Information and Service" or "Information and Service Bureau" of the city government at City Hall, "established September 1, 1940" for public provision...
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.
Perspective: Reform in Truman's Town
Article about the resurgent efforts of the former Pendergast machine to return to power in the upcoming city elections, with speculations on President Truman's influence.
Politics: Is Tom Pendergast Really Dead?
Article describing the book by Professor Thomas Murphy about Kansas City's history of crime in city politics, from Old West days to the Pendergast machine and beyond.
Rebuilding the Police Department
Article expounding on the tenets of the new, corruption-free police department, following the fall of the Pendergast machine era of free "gambling, vice, protection of criminals, and inefficiency."
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.
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....
The Forward Kansas City Committee, 1939-1940
A 38 page paper from the University of Kansas City, Special Project - 490, about the Forward Kansas City Committee, an organization promoting corruption-free city government in the transition period during...
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