By Dawn G. Marsh
On July 28, 1797, an aged Lenape girl stood earlier than the newly appointed almsman of Pennsylvania’s Chester County and added a quick account of her lifestyles. In a tragic irony, Hannah Freeman was once setting up her residency—a declare that cleared the path for her removing to the poorhouse. finally, although, it intended the ultimate elimination 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 heritage, touring from the times of her grandmothers ahead of ecu cost to the start of the 19th century. the tale that emerges is one among patience and resilience, as “Indian Hannah” negotiates existence with the Quaker acquaintances who hire her, entrust their little ones to her, search out her therapeutic abilities, and, whilst she is weakened through disorder and age, take care of her. And but those are an analogous associates whose households have dispossessed hers. interesting in its personal correct, Hannah Freeman’s lifestyles is usually amazing for its special 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 figuring out of colonial background and the local event that heritage usually renders silent.
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