Quotes about The Northside

“Nelson Johnson has opened the door on a neglected yet critical aspect of the African-American experience in the modern era. … The Northside reminds us that black history is American history.”

—Wendel A. White

“From the grand Boardwalk hotels to the Paradise Club to Chicken Bone Beach, the racism of the times kept Atlantic City’s blacks segregated from white tourists. But in response, African Americans built their own city within a city—and a unique, tight-knit, thriving community that Nelson Johnson has chronicled here in fascinating detail.”

—James Perskie, The Press of Atlantic City

The Northside manages to capture all the subtlety and grit that shaped the lives of people, especially African Americans, in Atlantic City in the mid-20th Century—a microcosm of the issues gripping the nation during those turbulent times. A remarkable and inspiring book.”

—Donna Brazile, political commentator,
CNN and ABC, and contributing
columnist, Ms. and O, The Oprah Magazine