Black Quotidian

“Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers”

Black Quotidian is designed to highlight everyday moments and lives in African-American history. This site features historical articles from black newspapers such as the Atlanta Daily World, Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, and Philadelphia Tribune. These newspapers—digitized as part of the ProQuest Black Newspaper collection—are among the most important sources for understanding black history and culture in the twentieth century. By emphasizing the ordinary or mundane aspects of history I hope both to call attention to people and events that are not commonly featured in textbooks, documentaries, or Black History Month celebrations, while also casting new light on well-known black history subjects.

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Each day I will post at least one newspaper article from that date in history and a brief commentary. I would love to have other faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students contribute to Black Quotidian. Please e-mail me <matthew.delmont[at]asu.edu> if you are interested. I will be experimenting with different types of posts over the course of the year, so I welcome creative ways of using black newspapers. You do not need to know how to use Scalar or have any particular technical skills. If your institution does not subscribe to ProQuest Historical Black Newspapers, e-mail me and I can help you find a select of articles related to your research interests. If you have access to other historical black newspapers, I am happy to have posts on those as well. It would be great if you could mention this project to other colleagues and students who might be interested in following or contributing.

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