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Nancy J Hulston
Henry R Luce
Photo and bio of William Kemp (1889-1968), mayor of Kansas City from 1946 to 1955 and a leader of several organizations during the Kansas City Centennial in 1950. Description of his life and career as...
Will They Be Able to Silence Mr. Bash?
Photo and biographical article about Thomas Bash, "shooting sheriff" of Jackson County testifying in trial about the shooting regarding Charles Gargotta. Speculations about his reasons for testifying against...
Where These Rocky Bluffs Meet: Including the Story of the Kansas City Ten-Year Plan
Photo of Bryce Smith, mayor of Kansas City starting in 1930 during the Pendergast machine era.
What, Precisely, Is a Machine?
Article about the definition of political machines and the Pendergast machine in Kansas City fitting this definition through unofficial financing, voting fraud, etc.
August 1, 2006
Photograph and six quotations related to Tom Pendergast and the era of machine politics in Kansas City. Among those quoted are Tom Pendergast, Jim Pendergast, and Harry S. Truman.
Article about the efforts to stop vice in the city by Pendergast machine opponent Judge Southern, with raids on gambling houses and brothels.
Truman's "Purge": Aided by Pendergast Machine He Defeats a Stubborn Congressman
Photos and biographical article about President Harry Truman and his defeat in a 1946 primary election of "Kansas City's conservative, wealthy Congressman Roger C. Slaughter, who has blocked some of the...
Tom's Town: Kansas City and the Pendergast Legend
Description of the legalization of horse racing by the Pendergast machine in the late 1920s, including the establishment of the "Riverside Park Jockey Club" in 1928, in Riverside, Missouri, "five miles...
Newspaper clippings with photos, illustrations, and information about Tom Pendergast (1872-1945) and his political machine in Kansas City in the 1920s-1930s, associating with organized crime and election...
Thunder over Kansas City: Slaughter and a Challenge
Third of a four-part series of magazine articles on the microfilm roll with photos, illustrations, and information on the Pendergast machine of Kansas City. Description of criminal and legal figures associated...
Thunder over Kansas City: Murder and an Election
Second of a four-part series of magazine articles on the microfilm roll with photos, illustrations, and information on the Pendergast machine of Kansas City. Description of criminal and legal figures associated...
Thunder over Kansas City: Conclusion
Fourth of a four-part series of magazine articles on the microfilm roll with photos, illustrations, and information on the Pendergast machine of Kansas City. Description of the 1936 election fraud here...
Thunder over Kansas City: A Machine and a Massacre
First of a four-part series of magazine articles on the microfilm roll with photos, illustrations, and information on the Pendergast machine of Kansas City. Description of criminal figures associated here...
Three Named for Top Honor: Mr. Kansas City
Photo and description of John Gage, former mayor of Kansas City, involved in ending "the evils of Bossism" during Pendergast's regime. Photo and description of Arthur Mag, involved in hospitals, research...
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.
The Women--In Public Affairs
Report on Kansas City women's efforts in the city elections that helped oust the Boss Tom Pendergast machine.
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 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 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 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,...
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