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Nancy J Hulston
Henry R Luce
T. J. and W. T.
Biographical article about patching up of differences between William Kemper, Sr. ("Democratic national committeeman for Missouri") and Tom Pendergast (Democratic No. 1 man in Missouri"), "concerning an...
Ten Lessons Kansas City Can Teach the Nation
Description of ten positive aspects of Kansas City's government after the ousting of the Pendergast machine.
Descriptions of Harry Truman (1886-1972) and his ties to and disagreements with Kansas City political boss Tom Pendergast during Truman's tenures as judge, senator and then president.
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 Forward Kansas City Committee, 1939-1940
A 38 page paper from the University of Kansas City, Special Project - 490, about the Forward Kansas City Committee, an organization promoting corruption-free city government in the transition period during...
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 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
Maps of political ward boundaries from 1875 to 1940.
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 Presidency: Busy Week [and] Political Notes: Home to Roost?
Photo (of Harry in a local parade) and articles about President Harry Truman's return to Kansas City in 1947 for political and personal reasons, being accused in involvement with the ongoing Pendergast...
The Presidency: If He's Right, I'm Wrong
Photo of President Harry Truman and article about his political fight supporting the Jim Pendergast machine candidate Enos Axtell against "conservative Representative Roger Caldwell Slaughter of Missouri's...
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 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 Women--In Public Affairs
Report on Kansas City women's efforts in the city elections that helped oust the Boss Tom Pendergast machine.
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.
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...
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...
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