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 brought a short account of her lifestyles. In a tragic irony, Hannah Freeman was once setting up her residency—a declare that prepared the ground for her removing to the poorhouse. eventually, besides the fact that, it intended the ultimate removing from the ancestral land she had so tenaciously maintained. hence was once William Penn’s “peaceable nation” preserved.
A Lenape one of the Quakers reconstructs Hannah Freeman’s historical past, touring from the times of her grandmothers ahead of ecu payment to the start of the 19th century. the tale that emerges is considered one of endurance and resilience, as “Indian Hannah” negotiates lifestyles with the Quaker pals who hire her, entrust their youngsters to her, hunt down her therapeutic abilities, and, while she is weakened via disease and age, take care of her. And but those are an analogous associates whose households have dispossessed hers. attention-grabbing in its personal correct, Hannah Freeman’s existence can be outstanding for its exact view of a local American girl in a colonial neighborhood in the course of a time of dramatic transformation and upheaval. specifically it expands our realizing of colonial heritage and the local adventure that historical past frequently renders silent.
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A Lenape among the Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman by Dawn G. Marsh