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Henry R Luce
Nancy J Hulston
Youth Goes into Action
Description of the defeat of the Youth Movement led by Fennelly in the election of 1934, involving members being "slugged, kicked, or beaten at the polls."
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.
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...
Report of the indictment of Boss Pendergast for income tax evasion and its consequences on organized crime in the city.
Tom Pendergast: Boss of Kansas City Ages, and Turn of Fortune Changes
History of the still-ruling political machine and its illegal activities under Tom Pendergast, with photos, including Pendergast and his concrete plant and liquor distributorship.
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 Strange Case of Dr. Gray
Photo, illustration and article about the "anti-machine speech" by Missouri state representative J. A. Gray broadcast "over station WOS in Jefferson City," Missouri, cut off in mid-transmission after scathing...
The Same Manager
Article labeling the replacements for Pendergast in the city government as more of the same machine politicians, a "fake change."
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 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 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 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 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 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 Man Who Would Be Mayor
Photos and biographical article about William Waris, "38-year-old Jackson County Legislature chairman, Avila College basketball coach, St. Thomas More School principal and mayoral aspirant." Also photo...
The Irrepressible Urge to Manipulate: Election Fraud in Rural Missouri, 1940s-1970s
Article about voting frauds in rural Missouri elections from the 1940s to the 1970s, especially about Sullivan County and Wright County, Missouri, with photos, map, and copies of letters and newspaper...
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 City Manager
Photo and chapter of the book about Henry McElroy, city manager of Kansas City starting in 1926. Description of his life and career, born in Illinois in 1865 and coming to Kansas City in 1895 "engaged...
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