Kansas City 1940: A Watershed Year

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1940: It's the year Nazis rain bombs on London and goose-step into Paris, when President Roosevelt wins an unprecedented third term and Kansas Citians finally run the corrupt Pendergast political machine out of power. The new reform-minded city government is bent on cleaning up the sinful "Paris of the Plains" and streamlining its future with wide, new miles of trafficways. Notorious nightclubs have closed. The City Market opens. Glenn Miller swings, Bojangles taps and "Gone with the Wind" premieres. Old buildings make way for parking lots. A dying meteor lights up the night sky above a racially segregated city, home to Charlie Parker, Thomas Hart Benton, Walter Cronkite, Satchel Paige and Thomas J. Pendergast, ex-con. It's all on display here in photographs snapped by WPA workers and stories curated by John Simonson.
ISBN: 9781626193239
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Missouri
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 64
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
John Simonson's work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, websites, corporate publications, museum exhibits, jazz recordings and beyond. His blog, Paris of the Plains, became the basis for Paris of the Plains: Kansas City from Doughboys to Expressways, published in 2010 by The History Press. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
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