Wide-Open Town: Kansas City in the Pendergast Era
In a discussion of the new book Wide-Open Town, its editors—Diane Mutti Burke, John Herron, and Jason Roe—discuss the era of the 1920s and ’30s dominated by political boss Tom Pendergast. Prohibition was rarely enforced and the mob was ascendant. But this “openness” allowed many in a community divided by race and class to challenge social boundaries.
Mutti Burke is chair of the history department and director of the Center for Midwestern Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Herron is associate dean and a professor of history at UMKC. And Roe, who holds a Ph.D. in American History, is the Library’s digital history specialist.
RELATED RESOURCEDiscover Kansas City's Prohibition-era legacy at the Library's history website The Pendergast Years. Explore historic documents, photos, original articles, and more.