A Plantation by the Sea

Nelson Johnson frequently stopped working on Boardwalk Empire to wrestle with how best to handle the thorny subject of race. But he persisted, and the result was a chapter—”A Plantation by the Sea”—that inspired this powerful sequel.

“Atlantic City became the most ‘Black’ city in the North. By 1905 the Black population was nearly 9,000. By 1915 it was greater than 11,000, comprising more than one-fourth of the permanent residents. During summer, the Black population swelled to nearly 40 percent.”

—Nelson Johnson, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City
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