George Godfrey fought for a living. “I’ve got a wife and six children,” he once told a reporter, “and I follow fighting as people follow any other calling.”1 Born in 1853 in Prince Edward Island, Canada, as a teenager Godfrey and his family left a life of segregation and poverty in the Bog district of his hometown and migrated to Boston for better economic opportunities. But like 80 percent of black men in Boston, Godfrey could only find menial work....
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