Pendergast Machine

Pendergast Machine

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  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 144.78 x 215.9 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 6figs.
  • 0195005325
  • 9780195005325

Review Text

Published as part of the Urban Life in America series, this documents the story of the Kansas City political machine which was founded in the 1880's by Jim Pendergast and achieved major momentum after 1911 with its takeover by his brother, Tom. From then until 1939, when its hold was broken by a reform campaign launched by local newspapers and civic groups, the machine functioned well and regularly delivered sizable majorities to hand-picked candidates. In many ways one of the most successful political organizations in the history of this country, it was a prototype for the New Deal winning coalition of Negroes, Irish Catholics and other lower middle class ethnic groups. Well researched, the book has its value and interest for political scientist - the general reader will be defeated by its surfeit of local names and places and its humorless tone. (Kirkus Reviews)show more