Liberty in Early America
Documents spanning from 1655 to 1759 reflect how Native American and new immigrant groups negotiated sovereignty, coexistence, and systems of law, liberty, and labor. This section, headed by a contextual essay by Evan Haefeli, includes William Penn's Deed with the Delaware Indians, Pennsylvania's "Charter of Liberties," petitions to allow and restrict immigration, and newspaper advertisements for slaves and indentured servants.
The United States of America has a reputation as a beacon of freedom and diversity from the colonial period of its history. From the beginning, however, Americans' freedoms were tied to a mixture of religious and ethnic affiliations that privileged some inhabitants of North America over others.