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Nancy J Hulston
Henry R Luce
Organized Crime in Kansas City, Missouri
Book jacket reads: "The alliance between organized crime and politics was never stronger than it was in Kansas City, where the local Mob boss controlled the police department and terrorized elections.......
Our Big Cities Are Perils to the Republic
Essay on the "peril" presented to the general American public by "the character of the government of most large American cities" such as Kansas City with its Pendergast machine (not specifically mentioning...
Outlook for November II: Donnell Luck and Missouri Scandal
Article about the Missouri senatorial election predicted to be close between Republican candidate Forrest C. Donnell and the Democratic candidates, scandal-ridden by "the old Pendergast machine" including...
Entire two-volume series of the "Future" magazine focusing on the Pendergast machine of Kansas City and its various and nefarious activities and officials, with a penchant for sensationalism, propaganda,...
June 16, 1905
Chapter of the book about "the menace of the Pendergast machine" to federal justice in western Missouri from 1933 to 1939, during Tom Pendergast's term of illegal "statewide power" out of Kansas City.
Pendergast Photos Offer Proof of a KC Legend
October 19, 2012
Article on Pendergast family photographs used for a documentary on the Pendergast organization and Harry Truman. The photos were provided by Robert Patrick Pendergast, a grand-nephew of Tom Pendergast,...
Pendergast vs. Stark: Politics, Patronage, and the 1938 Supreme Court Democratic Primary
Article describes conflict between Tom Pendergast and Governor Lloyd Stark over appointments to State office and the contest between James V. Billings and James M. Douglas in the 1938 primary for a Missouri...
Perspective--Blood, Ballots and Boodle
Article congratulating the "outstanding job of machine smashing" in Kansas City by Maurice M. Milligan. Also his account told in his book about the political corruption of the Pendergast Machine all the...
Perspective: Reform in Truman's Town
Article about the resurgent efforts of the former Pendergast machine to return to power in the upcoming city elections, with speculations on President Truman's influence.
Perspective: Truman's Home State
Article about the influence of President Harry Truman as a Pendergast machine supporter in the 1946 Missouri state elections for national representative (supporting Enos Axtell) and senator (supporting...
Politics: Eyes on Kansas City
Article about the suspicions of another election fraud by the vestiges of the Pendergast machine and the investigations into it dealing with President Truman.
Politics: Is Tom Pendergast Really Dead?
Article describing the book by Professor Thomas Murphy about Kansas City's history of crime in city politics, from Old West days to the Pendergast machine and beyond.
Politics: Pendergast Trouble
Article about indictments of Kansas City government officials connected with the Pendergast machine for fraudulent procedures in the 1948 election, with supposed ties to President Harry Truman, etc.
Book review (written by William Reddig) of "The Inside Storyof the Pendergast Machine by the Man Who Smashed It" by Maurice Milligan, about the Kansas City Pendergast machine headed by Boss Tom Pendergast...
Power in Tax Laws: Elmer L. Irey Has Made All Evaders Fearful
Photo and biographical article about Elmer Irey, "the man directing the federal investigation of what happened to the mysterious $447,000 paid in the Missouri insurance compromise case" dealing with the...
Rebel at Large: Recollections of Fifty Crowded Years
Chapters of the book about Harry Truman and his rise to political power from Jackson County as a member of a local family of Jackson County Goats (especially his father).
Rebuilding the Police Department
Article expounding on the tenets of the new, corruption-free police department, following the fall of the Pendergast machine era of free "gambling, vice, protection of criminals, and inefficiency."
Registration and Election in the North Side
Essay against the voting registration fraud carried out in the "North Side," or Downtown, voting precincts.
Senn Lawler's Ready Talents
Biographical article about Senn Lawler, "publicity director and advertising manager here for Fox Midwest Theaters [from 1936 to 1954] before becoming division manager until his retirement in 1956." Description...
Sugar in Asphalt
Article about the business and city government fraud by John Pryor, "Democratic political leader and Kansas City's 'Paving King'" as a "silent partner" with Thomas Thomson in street paving and sewer construction...
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