He Did His Homework

Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt

Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt

That was the first thought that came to mind after reading through Nelson Johnson’s latest book, “The Northside: African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City.” The author of “Boardwalk Empire,” whose popular book inspired the current HBO series by the same name, has turned his attention to the history and contributions of Atlantic City’s black population. One never knows what to expect when an outsider steps forward to tell your story, but Johnson proves that, with great insight and access to original materials and members of the community, it can be done.

Johnson’s “Northside” offers a detailed, richly textured, vicarious journey through black Atlantic City of yesteryear.

Read all  of Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt’s review at pressofAtlanticCity.com.