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The Resource Pendergast!, Lawrence H. Larsen and Nancy J. Hulston

Pendergast!, Lawrence H. Larsen and Nancy J. Hulston

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Pendergast!
Title
Pendergast!
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence H. Larsen and Nancy J. Hulston
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1872, Tom Pendergast moved to Kansas City around 1890 to work for his brother James, founder of the Pendergast "Goat" faction in Kansas City Democratic politics. In 1911, Pendergast became head of the Goats, and over the next fifteen years he created a powerful political machine that used illegal voting and criminal enforcers to gain power. Following a change in the city charter in 1925, Pendergast took control of Kansas City and ran it as his own personal business. In the l930s, he received over $30 million annually from gambling, prostitution, and narcotics, putting him in the big leagues of American civic corruption. He also wielded great power in the National Democratic Party and started Harry S. Truman on the road to the presidency." "In this well-balanced biography, the authors examine Pendergast's rise to power, his successes as a political leader, his compassion for the destitute, and his reputation for keeping his word. They also examine Pendergast's character development and how his methods became more and more ruthless. Pendergast had no use for ideology in his "invisible government" - only votes counted." "In 1937 and 1938 the federal government broke the back of Pendergast's machine, convicting 259 of his campaign aides for vote fraud. In 1939 Pendergast, who was believed to be the largest bettor on horse racing in the United States, was jailed for income tax evasion, and he died in disgrace in 1945."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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1931-2017
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Larsen, Lawrence H.
Government publication
government publication level undetermined
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Hulston, Nancy J.
Series statement
Missouri biography series
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  • Politicians
  • Political corruption
  • Kansas City (Mo.)
  • Pendergast, Tom
Label
Pendergast!, Lawrence H. Larsen and Nancy J. Hulston
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-229) and index
Control code
l80097033391
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 237 p.
Isbn
9780826211453
Lccn
lc97033391
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Pendergast!, Lawrence H. Larsen and Nancy J. Hulston
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-229) and index
Control code
l80097033391
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 237 p.
Isbn
9780826211453
Lccn
lc97033391
Other physical details
ill.

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