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Political Machines (88)
Pendergast, Tom (40)
City Government (37)
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Raymond Moley (8)
Nat Spencer (6)
Henry R Luce (6)
Chet Shaw (4)
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March/1/1935 (3)
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1. A 13-Year Nightmare Ends A 13-Year Nightmare Ends May/6/1939 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...

2. A Political Boss Talks about His Job A Political Boss Talks about His Job February 1933 Candid interview with Tom Pendergast with several quotes and insights into the Pendergast machine.

3. Alderman Jim Pendergast Alderman Jim Pendergast October 1964 Biography of James or "Big Jim" Pendergast, older brother of Tom Pendergast, starting in Kansas City politics in the late 1870s as a saloon keeper and City Council alderman in the First Ward, including...

4. Anniversary Anniversary April 20, 1940 Article about the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the fall of "the city's machine dictatorship," with a chronology of events in April 1939 starting with the resignation of city manager Henry McElroy...

5. Behind the Scenes with James E. Burke: Burke, Pendergast and J.C. Nichols Behind the Scenes with James E. Burke: Burke, Pendergast and J.C. Nichols August//1981 Excerpt from a 1976 speech given by local real estate developer and former Pendergast associate James Burke, about ties between J. C. Nichols and Tom Pendergast related to the paving of Brush Creek on...

6. Boss Pendergast Boss Pendergast February//1937 Unverified article about Kansas City's political boss Tom Pendergast.

7. Boss Rules: Tom Pendergast Holds Missouri Democracy in Hollow of His Hefty Hand Boss Rules: Tom Pendergast Holds Missouri Democracy in Hollow of His Hefty Hand August/15/1936 Article about the influence over the Democratic Party in the Missouri state government by self-proclaimed political boss of Kansas City, Tom Pendergast, with photo and quotes by him and personal insights...

8. Case against the Star Case against the Star January/19/1953 Article describing the Kansas City Star newspaper, its history of opposing political machines itself, and the federal antitrust court case against the paper.

9. Citizens v. Boss: Citizens Win Citizens v. Boss: Citizens Win October//1954 History of the extreme turnaround in organization of Kansas City's government, from 1931 when $10 million of $32 million in bond improvements were "utilized illegally for private gain," to 1954 with Kansas...

10. Criminal Aspects of the Pendergast Machine Criminal Aspects of the Pendergast Machine January 1997 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...

11. Editorial Comment: "You Can't Fool All of the People. .." Editorial Comment: "You Can't Fool All of the People. .." May//1942 Article about the drastic disappearance of corruption in the city government between 1940 and 1942, as evidenced in elections, taxes, employment, etc.

12. Editorial Comment: Lucky "13" for Kansas City? Editorial Comment: Lucky "13" for Kansas City? June//1939 Summary of the thirteen years under the city manager plan of government of Kansas City and its failure due to corruption.

13. First Six Months in Kansas City: Form of Council-Manager Government Adopted; Next Step Is to Apply the First Six Months in Kansas City: Form of Council-Manager Government Adopted; Next Step Is to Apply the Spirit January//1927 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...

14. First Ward to Ward Parkway First Ward to Ward Parkway March/15/1935 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...

15. Folk: The Story of a Little Leaven in a Great Commonwealth Folk: The Story of a Little Leaven in a Great Commonwealth December//1905 Photo and article about the political corruption in the Missouri state government with descriptions of several politicians such as Alexander Cochran, "state counselor for the Missouri Pacific" Railroad,...

16. Gentlemen, Reach for All: Toppling the Pendergast Machine, 1936-1940 Gentlemen, Reach for All: Toppling the Pendergast Machine, 1936-1940 October 2000 Article discusses the downfall of Boss Tom Pendergast and how it was precipitated in part by turmoil within the Missouri Democratic Party.

17. Give 'Em Hell, Harry! Give 'Em Hell, Harry! January-February//1982 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,...

18. Good-By, Boss! Good-By, Boss! August//1939 Unverified article, missing from the bound periodical in this library.

19. Govt. and Politics: Ready-Mix Regime Govt. and Politics: Ready-Mix Regime September/13/1947 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).

20. Hock Shop Paradise Hock Shop Paradise March/1/1935 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...