The Beadle Boys Muster for Clay

The Accidental Birth of a Movement.   Beadle’s former students, a dozen members of The Pearl Street Congregational Church Young Men’s Society volunteered to usher at Cassius Clay’s rally speech. A mix of poor and working-class boys, the Church group existed partly to teach the boys leadership skills and to find respectable employment for the youngsters. In 1860, many…

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