Eight newspapers that Kansas Citians read in the 1920s
Kansas City Journal
Ceramic pipe manufacturer turned politician Walter Dicky bought the Democratic Journal in 1921. He combined the paper with the Kansas City Post in 1922 to compete with the Kansas City Star.
The weekly African-American newspaper founded in 1919 by Chester A. Franklin was GOP-aligned and addressed civil rights issues in the black community of Kansas City. The newspaper moved into its location on East 18th Street in 1922, where it still prints today.
Kansas City Post
The Post came into the spotlight when it covered black disfranchisement in 1908. During the Pendergast era, it was combined with the Kansas City Journal to become the Kansas City Journal-Post.
Kansas City Star
The Republican-aligned Star was co-founded in 1880 by William Rockhill Nelson and Samuel E. Morss. The Star was said to play a huge role in Herbert Hoover’s presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in 1928.
Kansas City Times
The Times was the morning paper under William Rockhill Nelson’s Kansas City Star for around-the-clock news coverage.
Kansas City American
This black Democratic newspaper was published by physician Dr. William Thompkins and nightclub owner and Pendergast friend Felix Payne. Kansas City jazz, “Evil Mama Blues” featured vaudeville veteran Ada Jones accompanied by Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra.
Kansas City Sun
An African-American weekly newspaper run by Nelson Crews in the early 1920s, the Sun focused on issues like schools and hospitals.
Tom Pendergast’s aptly-named newspaper was edited by county chairman Jim Aylward.