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DIGITAL: Delmont’s Black Quotidian (Using Scalar)

Everyday Black Life/History Project from Matthew Delmont! –

Black Quotidian is a digital project 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.  Similarly, the Library of Congress has digitized dozens of African-American newspapers that chronicle life in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. 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.

“Each day I will post at least one newspaper article from that date in history and a brief commentary.  I welcome guest contributors, so please e-mail me <matthew.delmont[at]> if you are interested in contributing.”

Explore the project here: Black Quotidian – Introduction