Boy Wonder Arrested as Ringleader when Reds Riot in Roxbury (episode 221)


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On May Day in 1919, Roxbury socialists marched in support of a textile workers' strike in Lawrence. The afternoon turned violent, with police firing shots to disperse the crowd. In the aftermath, two officers were killed and a mob formed that hunted down and viciously beat many of the marchers. As the smoke cleared, it became evident that one of the leaders of the march was a celebrity: William James Sidis, the boy wonder.

William James Sidis and the Roxbury Riot

Sidis in 1910
Sidis poses with the John Harvard statue
Sidis selfie with his Brownie (source)

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