My goal is that the site will appeal to three types of visitors: (1) skimmers, who browse a handful of posts or sources; (2) swimmers, who delve more deeply into particular essays and paths; and (3) divers, who spend significant time exploring the site and engaging with the project’s methodological questions. Black Quotidian takes the affordances of being a born-digital Scalar project seriously. Rather than encouraging visitors to read cover to cover, as though it were a book, the project is designed to immerse visitors and lure them deeper and deeper into the material. Whether visitors spend fifteen minutes or fifteen weeks with Black Quotidian, I want them to come away knowing more about African-American history and newspapers.
Starting exploring Black Quotidian by selecting one of these thematic paths: