By Dawn G. Marsh
On July 28, 1797, an aged Lenape lady stood prior to the newly appointed almsman of Pennsylvania’s Chester County and introduced a short account of her lifestyles. In a tragic irony, Hannah Freeman used to be setting up her residency—a declare that cleared the path for her removing to the poorhouse. finally, despite the fact that, it intended the ultimate elimination 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 historical past, touring from the times of her grandmothers earlier than eu cost to the start of the 19th century. the tale that emerges is one in every of patience 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, whilst she is weakened by way of illness and age, deal with her. And but those are a similar buddies whose households have dispossessed hers. attention-grabbing in its personal correct, Hannah Freeman’s lifestyles is usually extraordinary for its exact view of a local American lady in a colonial group in the course of a time of dramatic transformation and upheaval. particularly it expands our knowing of colonial heritage and the local adventure that historical past usually renders silent.
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