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Henry R Luce
Lawrence H Larsen
The Big Bosses
Chapter of the book about Tom Pendergast (1872-1945), political boss of Kansas City mainly during the 1920s and 1930s, with details of his "rule" and politicians practically "appointed" by him across the...
Chapter of the book about Tom Pendergast (1872-1945), political boss of Kansas City mainly during the 1920s and 1930s, with details of his "rule" and comparisons to other city bosses across the country....
News of the 1934 city elections in Kansas City, with four people killed "as a result of gang methods of getting out the vote" by the Pendergast machine and Bryce Smith elected mayor over the "fusionist,"...
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....
The Ghost of Tom Pendergast
Article about Tom Pendergat's influence on local and national politics. Also discussed is the Pendergast Organization's Ten-Year Plan and the dark side of the Pendergast era. Includes images.
The March of Events around the World: Kansas City Citizens Seek to End Rule of Pendergast
Article about the imminent ousting of Tom Pendergast, referred to as "Tammany Hall Jr.," in comparison to the boss of New York City, with a caricature of Pendergast and a lion in a garbage can labelled...
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 Mayor's Wife: Crusade in Kansas City
Book (written by Albert Beach's widow Marjorie Beach) about the life and machine-fighting political career of Albert Isaac Beach, or Albert Beach (1883-1939), mayor of Kansas City from 1924 to 1930 during...
The Other Side of Tom Pendergast
Article and interview with Tom Pendergast, Jr. (pictured), about the charitable side of his father, the political boss Tom Pendergast (also pictured), during the Depression in Kansas City, highlighting...
The Pendergast Era in Missouri State Politics
This chapter discusses the decade of the Great Depression in Missouri and in particular Thomas Pendergast and his influence in state politics. Includes mention of Harry Truman and Governor Lloyd Stark....
The Pendergast Machine and the African-American Vote
Article about the voting behavior and treatment of black people during the Pendergast machine era in Kansas City in the 1920s and 1930s, largely in the political wards of Casimir Welch.
The Place Where All Men Strive To Be: Harry S. Truman on the Eve of the 1934 Senate Campaign
Fall 2004; Winter 2004/2005
Two-part series detailing Harry S. Truman's early political career including his two terms as Presiding Judge of Jackson County, Missouri. In the early 1930s Truman "began to write long memorandums to...
The Politics of Philanthropy: The Contrasting Styles of Pendergast and Volker
Article compares the similarities between the philanthropic efforts of Tom Pendergast and William Volker in Kansas City.
The Politics of Reform: Kansas City's Municipal Government, 1925-1950
Dissertation toward a doctorate degree from the University of Chicago about the city government of Kansas City during the "council-manager" period, the first half of which served as "a symbol of municipal...
The Public Indicts the Machine
Essay listing several of the criminal practices found out about the Pendergast machine in the wake of Tom Pendergast's prison sentencing in 1939, including violations of the city charter, election frauds,...
The Senator from Pendergast: Harry Truman, "Boss Tom," and the Pendergast Machine
Article explores the relationship between Harry Truman and political boss Tom Pendergast, and attempts to answer the question: "How can a man lay claim to honest and diligence while owing his very career...
The Shame of Kansas City: Crime and Machine Rule
Magazine article on the microfilm roll with photos and information on the Pendergast machine. Comparison of Boss Tom Pendergast to Benito Mussolini (the fascist dictator of Italy) and photos and descriptions...
The Story of the Kansas City Star Newspaper From Its Beginnings in 1880s to the 1950s
This book traces the first 70 years of the history of The Kansas City Star newspaper, tracing "the shifting fortunes of a great newspaper and the compelling 'power of purpose' it exerted from the birth...
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...
The Way We Weren't
Article discusses several historians' attitudes toward Tom Pendergast and his Kansas City political machine. The author highlights the negative aspects of Pendergast and his associates, reacting to historian...
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