Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Boydston, Tom

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Letter from Tom Boydston to Guy B. Park about an article in a Massachusetts newspaper about Pendergast's control over Kansas City. He writes "that the real reason that Tom Pendergast has a hold on the people of Kansas City, is that he is a real benefactor, feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, and puts money in the pocket of the down and out fellow." He claims that "we of Platte County origin hate 'Old John Brown'," the abolitionist.