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Henry R Luce
Nancy J Hulston
Marble Games Struggle Along
Photo and article about the requirement of "stickers" on nickel-operated gambling machines in Kansas City for protection against their destruction by the police department.
Missouri Biographies: Harry S Truman and Pendergast Politics
Photos and biographical article about Harry Truman operating as presiding judge of the Jackson County Court and national senate candidate under the Kansas City political regime of Tom Pendergast in the...
Missouri Politics: State Government Stands Still as Democrats Try to "Steal' Governorship
Photos and article about the 1940 gubernatorial election in Missouri, involving outgoing Governor Lloyd Stark (anti-Pendergast), defeated Lawrence McDaniel, victorious Forrest Donnell, James Blair, Jr....
Missouri's "Molly" Stark: They All Came from Missouri and Didn't Believe It Could Be Done but eh Governor Showed Them
Story of the changing loyalties between Missouri Governor Lloyd C. Stark and Kansas City Boss Tom Pendergast, with information on the careers of the Stark family going back to the 1700s.
Missouri's Boss Pendergast
Article about the rise to political power of "Boss Tom Pendergast" starting before 1900 and detailing his political power in Missouri state government as well as in Jackson County and Kansas City. Also...
Missouri: Kansas City's Boss Rises to New Statewide Power
Article about the spread of the Pendergast machine's power from Kansas City to the Missouri state government (including his eventual domination of rival Joseph Shannon), with photo of and quotes from Pendergast...
Missouri: Machine Busting
Article about the involvements against the Pendergast machine and Federal Judges Merrill Otis and Albert Reeves, following the 1936 election fraud.
Move Over, Girls, the Machine's Moving In
Essay about the forced relocation of prostitutes from their usual place between 12th, Cherry, Locust, and 13th Streets to "only two blocks over toward Troost" by the Pendergast machine, mainly due to their...
My Indignation. ..My Shame
Article about the election frauds in Kansas City government, with a photo of fraudulent signatures in a precinct book and a photo of Gil Bourk, promoter of "permanent registration."
National Affairs--Missouri: Zealous Judges
Photo of "Missouri's Circuit Judge" Allen Southern and article about his role in the prosecution of Kansas City officials involved in organized crime with the Pendergast machine. Mention of Governor Lloyd...
National Affairs: Republic, Pendergast Style
Photo and article about the apparent return of power of the Pendergast machine in Kansas City in the 1946 elections with the victory of Jim Pendergast-backed Enos Axtell for national representative. Photos...
News of the Month: Kansas City Police Back to State Control
Report of the shift of control of the Kansas City Police Department from the city to the state government, due to organized crime influence from "the Pendergast political regime."
Article about the probable continued corruption in City Hall without bringing in outsiders, for example, a city manager from outside Kansas City, and thus not from the Pendergast "clique."
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...
Opposition to the Pendergast Machine, 1925-1934
Thesis about the Tom Pendergast machine, starting with 1925 and including a large section on Rabbi Mayerberg's "crusade" against the machine.
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...
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...
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 Politcal Machine
Article about Pendergast's political machine and its corruption.
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