Preserving American Freedom

The Evolution of American Liberties in Fifty Documents

Section 1

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.