Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

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Cartoons (Commentary)

Political cartoon criticizing Casimir Welch for his corrupt practices. The drawing depicts Cas receiving with his right hand money from cement graft, water meters, lime and coal, policy wheels, cafe and corn whisky, gambling dens at 1228 Oak St. and 15th & Virginia, and "Judicial" decisions, all while holding a classic weight balance (symbol of justice) with his left hand. The background includes a bust of Lady Justice blushing. The caption reads, "Left Handed Justice as Dealt Out by Casimir John Joseph Welsh."

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Correspondence

Letter from Granville A. Richart to Sam M. Wear in which Richart thanks Wear for Wear's letter of congratulations regarding Richart's nomination. He comments that, "my candidacy was opposed by the political prostitutes, gamblers, the city administration and the Kansas City Star."

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Correspondence

Letter from Thomas McGee to Harry S. Truman in which McGee discusses the removal of Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. from his appointment as assistant secretary of commerce in the Roosevelt Administration.

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Correspondence

Letter from Harry S. Truman to Thomas McGee in which Truman informs McGee he was able to speak with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and reassure him that Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. was not recommended for political appointment by Pendergast Organization, or by the state organization of Missouri. Mitchell was recently removed from his position as assistant secretary of commerce.

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Correspondence

Letter to James M. Pendergast in support of Harry Easley as a Works Progress Administration assistant for Southwestern Missouri because of his efforts in the election of Senator Harry S. Truman.

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Correspondence

Letter from Harry S. Truman to Thomas McGee in which Truman confirms receipt of a picture of Thomas J. Pendergast that McGee had sent him. Truman also expresses his desire for McGee and his associates to visit him in Washington, D.C..

Object Type: 
Maps

Map printed in The Missouri Democrat on June 25, 1926, showing the latest official district, ward, and precinct lines for Kansas City, MO as rearranged under a recent charter. Included with the map is the voting booth location for each precinct. The Missouri Democrat was a Kansas City newspaper that began in 1925 under the control of the Pendergast Machine.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from Harry S. Truman to Thomas McGee in which Truman states that McGee's son-in-law, John Lillis, should soon be re-appointed at the Federal Housing Administration. Truman then expresses his sorrow for the death of James A. Shannon, a Kansas City lawyer who passed away on May 16, 1936.

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Correspondence

Letter from Thomas McGee to Harry S. Truman in which McGee informs Truman that McGee's son-in-law, John Lillis, was let go from his job at the Federal Housing Administration. He reminds Truman that James P. Aylward and James M. Pendergast had recommended Lillis for an appointment by Truman, and that Lillis was his only relative with a political appointment. McGee also reminds Truman of Thomas J. Pendergast's upcoming travel in which Truman will meet with him.

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Correspondence

Letter from Harry S. Truman's secretary V. R. Messall to Raymond H. Geist, American Consul General in Berlin, Germany. Attached is an affidavit of support by Alex F. Sachs for the family of Paul Matzdorff for immigration to the United States from Berlin, Germany.

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Correspondence

Letter from Kansas City attorney Thomas Phillips to Thomas L. Evans, President of Crown Drug Company. Phillips writes in support of Dick Shanahan for a political appointment. He begins his recommendation mentioning that Shanahan has received an endorsement from James M. Pendergast.

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Essays

Essay documenting the relationship between the author's father Alex Sachs and Harry S. Truman. The author addresses their first meeting, Pendergast Machine involvement, and immigration of family members from Germany to the United States. Howard Sachs also includes details of their relationship post-World War II.

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.