33.C) Truman and the Pendergast Machine, an interview with Jon Taylor

[Abridged] Presidential Histories

Before he was president, and before he formed the Truman Committee, Harry Truman was known primarily for one thing: his connection to an infamous Kansas City political machine – the Pendergast Machine. But what was the Pendergast Machine? How did it work? What was it into? Historian Jon Taylor discusses Truman’s connection to the infamous operation, and who was helping who in the relationship.

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