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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.
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...
Behind the Scenes with James E. Burke: Burke, Pendergast and J.C. Nichols
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...
Biography of Thomas Pendergast (1873-1945), Business Owner and "Political Boss"
Unverified article about Kansas City's political boss Tom Pendergast.
Boss Rules: Tom Pendergast Holds Missouri Democracy in Hollow of His Hefty Hand
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...
Boss Tom Had the Power, Delivered the Patronage
Matt Devoe's recollections of the Pendergast era.
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.
Crime and Machine Rule
Article with many photos about the depth of corruption and ruthlessness of the Pendergast government, including murder.
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...
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.
Encyclopedia of Missouri--A Volume of Encyclopedia of the United States
Biography of Tom Pendergast (1870-1945), "Democratic leader of Kansas City and 'boss' of Missouri politics for two decades [the 1920s and 1930s]," "born in St. Joseph, Missouri."
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the City Bosses
Chapter of the book about Tom Pendergast, political boss of Kansas City, with comparisons of him to other national urban bosses rising and falling in the Great Depression.
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.
Unverified article, missing from the bound periodical in this library.
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).
Photo and description of "Thomas Joseph ("Big Tom") Pendergast," or Tom Pendergast, "Democratic boss of Kansas City," bragging about his control over Kansas City as political boss and comparing himself...
Joseph B. Shannon: Political Boss and Twentieth Century "Jeffersonian"
Dissertation toward a doctorate degree for Columbia University describing the career of political boss Joseph Shannon (1867-1943) and his struggles with and against fellow Jackson County, Missouri, Democratic...
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