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'S Not 'N Eagle--'S 'N Owl
Photo of Conrad Mann, Chief beneficiary from membership drives by the Eages" club, ort he Fraternal Order of Eages in Kansas City, in an article about the club's drive to add 3,000 members from the Pendergast...
. ..Presenting John B. Gage: Swing's Nominee for Man of the Month
Photo and biographical article about John Gage, former mayor of Kansas City from 1940 to 1946, afterwards serving as "attorney and a director of the Kansas City American Royal Association" and previously...
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.
Administrative Problems of Water Works in Wartime: Kansas City
Discussion of the "personnel difficulties encountered in the Water Department at Kansas City, Mo.," from the transition of the Pendergast machine in the late 1930s to the "reformed" city government of...
Be Proud, Citizens!
Article about the ironic description of Kansas City by Judge Brown Harris "as 'probably the most law-abiding city in the United States.'" Irony due to the judge's association with the Pendergast machine...
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...
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...
Editorial: Kansas City Assassinations Shock the Nation
Article about the murders of Charles Binaggio and Charles Gargotta, former mob rivals of James Pendergast, calling into question President Truman's ties to the Pendergast machine such as Charles Binaggio,...
Article about the bars, saloons, and similar "joints" on 12th Street in Kansas City, describing the types of people and businesses prevalent there in the Great Depression, including "underworld tycoon...
First Ward to Ward Parkway
Photo and description of the new Jackson County Courthouse and plans for two more "Pendergast Pyramids"--a municipal auditorium and city hall, all constructed with Tom Pendergast's Ready Mixed Concrete...
Ford Closing Stirs Kansas City
Discussion about the "handling of the city's labor troubles" and renewal of "attack on Pendergast machine," in the wake of the closing of the major auto assembly plant.
Gentlemen, Reach for All: Toppling the Pendergast Machine, 1936-1940
Article discusses the downfall of Boss Tom Pendergast and how it was precipitated in part by turmoil within the Missouri Democratic Party.
Getting Taxes Equalized
Story about the sweeping real estate tax reassessments across Jackson County, Missouri, in 1941 and in the wake of political reform after the ousting of the corrupt Pendergast machine. Description of the...
Give 'Em Hell, Harry!
Article about personal memo documents of Harry S. Truman at the Truman Library, revealing many obscure thoughts, opinions, and actions of the former president, including dealings with the Pendergast machine,...
Govt. and Politics: Ready-Mix Regime
Photo (of Tom Pendergast) and book review of "Tom's Town" by William Reddig, about the Kansas City Pendergast machine headed by Boss Tom Pendergast (owner of the "Ready-Mixed Concrete" company).
Harry Morris--The Lawyer's Lawyer
Photos and biographical article about Harry Morris, a 66-year-old "chairman of the board of the Kansas City International Bank and Trust" and "one of the nation's leading tax attorneys." Reminiscences...
Harry S. Truman
Biographical article about President Harry Truman and his rise to political power starting in Jackson County, Missouri, through endorsement by but not corrupted by the Pendergast machine. Description of...
Hock Shop Paradise
Photos and article about the selling of merchandise stolen from Kansas merchants in Kansas City pawn shops. Description of the subsequent closing of small shops not tied to the Pendergast machine and sentencing...
It Came from Kansas City: The How and Why behind the Development of Kansas City Jazz
Photos and article about the development of the unique Kansas City jazz sound and scene in the 1920s-1930s during the Pendergast machine era and the city's efforts to embrace the tradition in recent years....
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