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Henry R Luce
Nancy J Hulston
Biography of Henry Francis McElroy (1865-1939), City Manager
Schindel Political Campaign
October 20, 1910
Biography of James Francis Pendergast (1856-1911), Kansas City Alderman
Biography of Thomas Pendergast (1873-1945), Business Owner and "Political Boss"
Biography of Joseph B. Shannon (1867-1943), Congressman
Biography of Casimir John Joseph Michael Welch (1873-1936), Politician
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...
Inside Story of Kansas City
Address by Cookingham before the National Municipal League in Boston on November 23, 1948, concerning the city's recovery from political "bossism."
Kansas City: Reform Stays
Announcement of the defeat of "Pendergast-machine candidate for mayor," Robert K. Ryland, a cohort of Jim Pendergast, in the election in which the "name of Pendergast still stinks."
Machine Admits to Using Police at Elections
Article about "admissions of a machine spokesman about the necessity of the defeat of Governor Stark's police bill for machine purposes."
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.
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.
Give 'Em Hell, Harry!
Article about personal memo documents of Harry S. Truman at the Truman Library, revealing many obscure thoughts, opinions, and actions of the former president, including dealings with the Pendergast machine,...
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...
Pre-Election U. S. A.: Will Truman Lose Missouri?
Article about the 1946 elections in Missouri, involving a potential loss for President Harry Truman and Senator Frank Briggs ("publisher of a Macon newspaper" and running against "James P. Kem, a Kansas...
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...
Perspective--No Red Herring
Article about the continuation of political corruption in Kansas City, facilitated by Pendergast sympathizer President Truman, and in spite of efforts of investigator Maurice M. Milligan.
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.
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