Category Archives: Scholarly Research

The Hidden History of Thomas Day, update, May 2013

To download the Hidden History of Thomas Day: Thomas Day 2013

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The Hidden History of Thomas Day by Laurel C. Sneed and Patricia Dane Rogers, originally published in June 2009 with a generous grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, was updated in May 2013 to reflect some new research findings.


Identifying Thomas Day Furniture

There is not yet an absolute way of identifying a piece of Thomas Day furniture short of having the bill of sale with Thomas Day’s name on it. There is one instance we are aware of where the initials TD appeared on the back of a large sideboard he made but that is rare. He incorporated many of the fashionable styles and designs of the day in the furniture he produced, yet often put these elements together in a unique, “improvisational” way. If you believe you may have a piece of Thomas Day furniture, here are some things to look for:

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Who Was Nehemiah Henry Harding?

By Peter H. Wood.

If Thomas Day offers one window into the complex world of antebellum race relations, his Presbyterian minister in Milton, the Rev. Nehemiah Henry Harding, provides another. Slavery was the most controversial issue of the day and everyone had strong opinions. Advocates could be found for armed revolt, peaceful petitioning, immediate freedom, gradual emancipation, African colonization, or continued enslavement. As controversy swirled, individuals shifted their stance on the matter. This is particularly clear in the zigzags of Milton’s Harding, a strong-willed cleric who arrived in town in 1835, the same year Thomas Day attended the black convention in Philadelphia. Continue reading Who Was Nehemiah Henry Harding?