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 brought a quick account of her existence. In a tragic irony, Hannah Freeman was once developing her residency—a declare that cleared the path for her removing to the poorhouse. finally, notwithstanding, it intended the ultimate removing from the ancestral land she had so tenaciously maintained. hence was once William Penn’s “peaceable kingdom” preserved.
A Lenape one of the Quakers reconstructs Hannah Freeman’s historical past, touring from the times of her grandmothers earlier than ecu cost to the start of the 19th century. the tale that emerges is one in every of patience and resilience, as “Indian Hannah” negotiates existence with the Quaker pals who hire her, entrust their young children to her, hunt down her therapeutic talents, and, while she is weakened via affliction and age, take care of her. And but those are an identical acquaintances whose households have dispossessed hers. interesting in its personal correct, Hannah Freeman’s existence can also be awesome 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 knowing of colonial heritage and the local event that heritage frequently renders silent.
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A Lenape among the Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman by Dawn G. Marsh