Written with “detail and sensitivity”

“Black people built Atlantic City,” Johnson writes in “(The) Northside.”

“In the early days, 1854 to 1890, starting with the construction of railroad, black people provided the muscle and sweat” for laying ties and tracks, leveling dirt into streets and hammering boards into housing and hotels.

“Between 1880 and 1930, approximately 95 percent of the hotel workforce was African-American,” he writes. Simply put, without them “the town we know today never comes to be.”

Read the rest of Mark Di Ionno’s review of The Northside at NJ.com.