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Henry R Luce
Lawrence H Larsen
Horse Racing Preceded Casino in Riverside
Biography of Guy Brasfield Park (1872-1946), Missouri Governor
Biography of Felix Payne (1884-1962), Businessman and Politician
Biography of Thomas Pendergast (1873-1945), Business Owner and "Political Boss"
Organized Crime in Kansas City
"Open City is an historical work detailing and analyzing the birth and growth of an organized crime 'family' in Kansas City during the first 50 yars of the 20th Century" (back cover). It includes names...
The Upper Class Progressives In Kansas City, 1912-1926
A 126 page thesis submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts with honors, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The critique...
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,...
KC’s Organized-crime Past Inspires an Up-to-date App
April 9, 2015
A new cell phone app, designed by retired Kansas City police officer Gary Jenkins, takes users on a Kansas City mob history tour.
Thomas Pendergast and His Political Machine
A portion of a chapter in the book is devoted to the Irish Pendergast family and their rise to fame in Kansas City politics in the first half of the 20th century.
Machine Defends "Night Life"
February 26, 1938
Article about an investigative report by Westbrook Pegler of the Kansas City Journal-Post on the support and justification of the Pendergast machine's organized crime in the city "'on the ground of public...
Bennett Champ Clark and the 1936 Presidential Campaign
Article about federal senator from Missouri Bennett Champ Clark, or Bennett Clark, and his presidential campaign in 1936, "serv[ing] the state during both depression and war," with photos and descriptions...
On the Go in a Wide-Open Town: Harry Truman's Kansas City
Article about Kansas City during Harry Truman's local retail and political careers, from 1919 to 1934, starting with his haberdashery (hat store) business, Truman & Jacobson, at 104 West 12th Street, until...
Pendergast Politcal Machine
Article about Pendergast's political machine and its corruption.
Recall Unfaithful Officials
Article about the "investigations of grand juries, of the Forward Kansas City Committee and of the beginning of the audits of the city and county governments reveal[ing] incompetence and neglect in government...
Article about the 1936 election for Missouri state senator, with Bennett Clark winning over Pendergast candidate Charles Howell despite being "robbed of 20,000 votes in Kansas City."
The March of Events: Missouri's Governor
Article about the appeals of the results in the 1940 Missouri election for governor by "[t]he two Democratic machines in Missouri, the famous Tom Pendergast organization in Kansas City and its ally, the...
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....
Pendergast Political Machine
Article about the election frauds and other injustices of the Pendergast regime.
Kansas City Sin: New Drive on Boss Pendergast Started by Missouri Governor
Article about the history of campaigns to stop vice-type crime in Kansas City, highlighting the lastest by Governor Lloyd Stark against the vice propagated by the Pendergast machine, especially Downtown....
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