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Princess NoireThe Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone$
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Nadine Cohodas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872437

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas

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. The Arrival of Nina Simone ~ June 1954–June 1956 ~

. The Arrival of Nina Simone ~ June 1954–June 1956 ~

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(p.60) 6. The Arrival of Nina Simone ~ June 1954–June 1956 ~
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Princess Noire
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Nadine Cohodas

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas.9

This chapter discusses how Eunice got to Atlantic City, New Jersey through her students. Eunice's destination was a beachfront resort town about an hour's drive from Philadelphia that was famous for three things: the annual Miss America pageant, which had been held at the convention hall since 1940; the Boardwalk; and the topflight performers who entertained the white tourists flocking to the grand hotels. As segregated as any Southern town, Atlantic City had its own black section, here a few blocks north of the Boardwalk, with nightspots that drew the best black talent. Blacks were also found on the Boardwalk, but as the mainstays of the housekeeping and custodial staffs at the hotels. Carrol had been a bellhop at the Claridge for a couple of summers after he got out of the service.

Keywords:   Eunice, Atlantic City, New Jersey, beachfront resort town, Miss America pageant, Boardwalk, topflight performers

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