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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 introduced a short account of her lifestyles. In a tragic irony, Hannah Freeman used to be constructing her residency—a declare that lead the way for her elimination to the poorhouse. eventually, in spite of the fact that, it intended the ultimate elimination from the ancestral land she had so tenaciously maintained. therefore used to be William Penn’s “peaceable country” preserved. 

A Lenape one of the Quakers reconstructs Hannah Freeman’s background, touring from the times of her grandmothers prior to ecu cost to the start of the 19th century. the tale that emerges is one among endurance and resilience, as “Indian Hannah” negotiates lifestyles with the Quaker friends who hire her, entrust their childrens to her, search out her therapeutic talents, and, while she is weakened through illness and age, take care of her. And but those are an analogous acquaintances whose households have dispossessed hers. attention-grabbing in its personal correct, Hannah Freeman’s lifestyles can be striking for its precise view of a local American lady in a colonial neighborhood in the course of a time of dramatic transformation and upheaval. specifically it expands our figuring out of colonial heritage and the local event that historical past usually renders silent.

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