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Launching today – "Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African American Newspapers," an open-access digital book from @stanfordpress blackquotidian.org

Here is a thread on Black Quotidian’s motivations, structure, arguments, and influences…
Black Quotidian explores how the black press popularized Af-Am history and valued the lives of black people. Introductory essays on the history of black newspapers are followed by over 365 short posts on individual historical newspaper articles blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/overview
You can explore Black Quotidian in several different ways. You can start with one of the 8 thematic paths blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/themes Or, you can start with a specific month blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/march---arc… Or, you can pick a random date blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/july-30-1955
Black Quotidian developed as a response to teaching Af-Am history in the era of Black Lives Matter. I worried that my students would only see black history as a story of tragedy & struggle, without appreciating the joyous complexity of everyday black lives blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/introduction
While Black Quotidian includes posts about iconic figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, & Harriet Tubman, I also try to call attention to people and events that are not commonly featured in textbooks or Black History Month celebrations. blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/introduction
In looking beyond black icons to highlight everyday black life, Black Quotidian builds on the work of @NicoleFleetwoo2, Kevin Quashie, and @rembert
I also created Black Quotidian because my research process had started to feel stale. For my 2nd book I looked at 10K+ digitized newspaper articles, but I missed experience of working w/ microfilm reels & unexpectedly stumbling across interesting stories blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/research-ex…
By querying databases in different ways, Black Quotidian attempts to structure digital interaction as an act of joy. blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/research-ex…
Black Quotidian is a born digital project built with @anvcscalar, an open-access, multimedia web-authoring platform that enables authors to assemble images, videos, maps, and other media and to juxtapose these resources with text. blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/scalar-and-…
Digital history represents a new way to continue traditions that have long been important for scholars of African-American history and culture. Black newspapers encouraged readers to see black history as something that is made & should be studied everyday blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/history
Similar to @nhannahjones’s #1619Project, 20th century black newspapers gave readers information & tools to learn, study & teach black history everyday, not just in February. They called for reconstructing a racist curriculum of American history
One of the ways black newspapers supported this everyday approach to history was by featuring illustrated biographical profiles of black figures, such as J.A. Rogers’ “Your History & “Facts About the Negro” and Melvin Tapley’s “Our People”
These black newspaper profiles echo “The Black Book,” the 1974 collection of ephemera edited by Toni Morrison, and @HenryLouisGates's “100 Amazing Facts about the Negro” blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/historical-…
Like “The Black Book” and “100 Amazing Facts about the Negro,” Black Quotidian embraces a mode of historical inquiry that emphasizes play, exploration, and amazement over linear narratives blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/historical-…
Over fifty students & scholars contributed guest posts to Black Quotidian, including @adamarenson’s students at Manhattan College, @nmaurantonio’s students at U of Richmond, @KimberlyZarecor’s students at Iowa State U, & my former online MA students at ASU blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/acknowledge…
Thank you to the @anvcscalar team, including @tmcphers @craigdietrich @opertoon @curtis_fletch. The @NEH_ODH workshop at USC in 2011 where I learned to use Scalar has proven to be one of the most important experiences in my professional life.
Thank you to the @stanfordpress team, including @ThePennywark and Greta Lindquist. @jasminemulliken did amazing work on the digital production & Senior Editor Friederike Sundaram supported the project throughout and helped me get to the finish line blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/acknowledge…
Thank you to @profwernimont for introducing me to Digital Humanities and for helping think through Black Quotidian’s arguments and structure. As @susansmulyan once noted, I married into DH blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/acknowledge…
Finally, Black Quotidian is dedicated to my father & grandmother, Frank E. Bowman & Leari Jean Anderson, who passed away in the 3 years I worked on this project. They never appeared in the Chicago Defender or Twin Cities Courier, but they are remembered blackquotidian.supdigital.org/bq/acknowledge…
Thank you to @BlackDigitalHum @spelmandiva & @EthanMichaeli for your important scholarship on Black Press & Black History and for your support of Black Quotidian blackquotidian.org
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