A Look Into Kansas City's Past

Apr 10, 2014

1940 was a pivotal year for Kansas City. Tom Pendergast’s rule through corruption and debauchery had crumbled, leaving the new local government to reform a city hungry for jazz and liquor.

John Simonson is the author of Kansas City 1940: A Watershed Year.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we examine how Kansas City was different in the World War II era. On the way, we take a look at how the “Paris of the Plains” changed from a den of iniquity to the city we know today.


  • John Simonson, author of Kansas City 1940: A Watershed Year

HEAR MORE: John Simonson speaks at 6:30 p.m. April 29 at the National Archives, 400 W. Pershing Road in Kansas City, Mo.