Thomas Day

 Thomas Day

Contact Information

History, 309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Research Interests

  • Colonial North America & Early US to 1830
  • Global Histories
  • African American History
  • Race and Slavery
  • Slave Resistance
  • The Atlantic World

Research Description

My research is in the history of slave resistance, revolt, and marronage in the United States, with a specific focus on how acts of mass resistance to slavery and permanent maroon settlements influenced early America. More broadly I hope to connect American slave resistance into the broader global world of anti-slavery revolts and explore how global acts of anti-slavery resistance impacted the United States.

My recent and upcoming research projects include a discussion of the presence (or lack of presence) of maroons in the memory of the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and on American newspaper responses to the Second Maroon War in Jamaica (1795-1796). My masters thesis research explored how the British Press responded to and interpreted Tacky's War, the Baptist War, and the Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica from 1760 to 1865.


  • M.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016
  • B.A., Virginia Tech, 2008

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Mired Memory: Marronage in the Great Dismal Swamp Social & Economic Studies 67 1 2018, p. 33-48.

Book Contributions

Day, Thomas "Resistance and the Enslaved" The Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking "Resistance and the Enslaved" 2019.