Boss-busters and Sin Hounds: Kansas City and Its Star by Harry Haskell

By Harry Haskell

On the flip of the 20th century, the Kansas urban famous person was once a trust-busting newspaper acclaimed for its innovative spirit; fifty years later it was once a busted belief, exact within the most vital antitrust motion ever introduced opposed to an American day-by-day. Haskell takes readers into the megastar s urban room and government workplaces and tells the tale of the 3 males with contrasting personalities and agendas who formed the paper: William Rockhill Nelson, one of the final of the good own editors from journalism s golden age; the scholarly Henry J. Haskell, who led the big name to its top of impact within the Nineteen Thirties and 40s; and Roy A. Roberts, who went directly to mix the jobs of newspaper writer and political kingmaker. Haskell recounts such milestones because the megastar s function within the urban appealing flow that helped rework the United States s city facilities, the state s access into international wars, a daring yet ill-starred test in worker possession, and the paper s conflict with Boss Pendergast s mythical political desktop.

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Louis and Chicago as the hub of a sprawling commercial empire. Hard-headed businessmen drew up plans for a railway from Kansas City to the Gulf of Mexico that would link America’s breadbasket with the Pacific coast of South America. The great era of city building was at hand. That it was also the golden age of American journalism was no coincidence. Newspapers and cities across the land sprang up side by side, flourishing and floundering together amid the social upheavals of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

More to his taste was Pulitzer’s ringing statement of journalistic principle: “The newspaper that is true to its highest mission will concern itself with the things that ought to happen tomorrow, or next month, or next year, and will seek to make what ought to be come to pass. . ”39 Pulitzer and Nelson shared a passion for journalistic activism and public 32 Bar o n Bil l service. Near contemporaries, they were both self-made men who surrounded themselves with unusually able staffs and fiercely guarded their independence.

He did not quite know where he did belong. ”17 Nelson was content to let his partner establish the paper’s “bright and gossipy” voice. He set no store by his literary ability and wrote little or nothing for publication, employing professional wordsmiths to flesh out the barebones ideas he was forever scribbling on scraps of paper and discarded envelopes. In the journalistic fashion of the day, only a favored few were accorded the privilege of bylines in the Star. ” Long after he had become rich and famous, the editor could walk the city streets without fear of being recognized, like a monarch venturing incognito among his subjects.

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