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Nancy J Hulston
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
Unverified article about Kansas City's political boss Tom Pendergast.
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: "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.
First Six Months in Kansas City: Form of Council-Manager Government Adopted; Next Step Is to Apply the Spirit
Review of the first six months of the city government under the new council-manager form of government, pointing out improvements but notably weaknesses such as a sininster partisanship and uneven employment...
Unverified article, missing from the bound periodical in this library.
Inside Story of Kansas City
Address by Cookingham before the National Municipal League in Boston on November 23, 1948, concerning the city's recovery from political "bossism."
Kansas City Begins Council-Manager Government
Photo and article about the commencement of Kansas City's council-manager form of government and its first city manager, Henry McElroy (pictured with his family).
Kansas City Cleanup
Article about the elections encouraged by Mayor Gage spurring on the removal of the Pendergast machine.
Kansas City Clings to an Ideal
Discussion about Kansas City's recovery from the Pendergast regime in an editorial comment.
Kansas City Has Its Chin Up
Article about the political "house-cleaning" to start afresh after the imprisonment of Pendergast.
Kansas City Politics and Government
Information on local city and county government and political issues and organizations, especially during the Pendergast era.
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 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.
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