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Henry R Luce
Nancy J Hulston
Chapter of the book about the federal law enforcement point of view on the political machine in Missouri of Boss Tom Pendergast of Kansas City especially during the 1930s. Description of his criminal investigations...
Shots End a Missouri Political Career
Article providing an overview of the political and criminal circumstances of the murder of Charles Binaggio at the Democratic Club in Kansas City in 1948, with several photos including Charles Gargotta,...
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...
Tarnished Monument Stands as a Reminder of 'Big Jim'
Feburary 11, 1987
Biographical article about James Pendergast, early political boss of the West Bottoms as First Ward Alderman and older brother of Tom Pendergast. Jim Pendergast was a native of Saint Joseph, Missouri coming...
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.
Th Shame of the Cities
Article giving a history of the Pendergast political machine, pointing out how such machines across the country win the favor of the poor to stay in power.
The Big Bosses
Chapter of the book about Tom Pendergast (1872-1945), political boss of Kansas City mainly during the 1920s and 1930s, with details of his "rule" and politicians practically "appointed" by him across the...
Chapter of the book about Tom Pendergast (1872-1945), political boss of Kansas City mainly during the 1920s and 1930s, with details of his "rule" and comparisons to other city bosses across the country....
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...
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Same Manager
Article labeling the replacements for Pendergast in the city government as more of the same machine politicians, a "fake change."
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...
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