Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers


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 are among the most important sources for understanding black history and culture in the twentieth century.  This project includes more than 365 posts (one for each day of the year) and more than 1,000 media objects.  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.

Black Quotidian is currently under construction.  It is being revised and expanded for publication as part of Stanford University Press' new digital publication initiative.

You can explore this digital history project in several different ways.  The links below will direct you to thematic essays, media galleries, and popular posts, where you can begin your journey through Black Quotidian:

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