By Dawn G. Marsh
On July 28, 1797, an aged Lenape girl stood prior to the newly appointed almsman of Pennsylvania’s Chester County and added a quick account of her lifestyles. In a tragic irony, Hannah Freeman used to be constructing her residency—a declare that cleared the path for her elimination to the poorhouse. eventually, in spite of the fact that, it intended the ultimate removing from the ancestral land she had so tenaciously maintained. therefore was once William Penn’s “peaceable country” preserved.
A Lenape one of the Quakers reconstructs Hannah Freeman’s background, touring from the times of her grandmothers ahead of ecu cost to the start of the 19th century. the tale that emerges is one in every of endurance and resilience, as “Indian Hannah” negotiates lifestyles with the Quaker friends who hire her, entrust their little ones to her, search out her therapeutic abilities, and, while she is weakened via illness and age, deal with her. And but those are an analogous pals whose households have dispossessed hers. interesting in its personal correct, Hannah Freeman’s existence is usually awesome for its certain view of a local American girl in a colonial group in the course of a time of dramatic transformation and upheaval. specifically it expands our knowing of colonial heritage and the local adventure that heritage frequently renders silent.
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A Lenape among the Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman by Dawn G. Marsh