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Shipshewana : an Indiana Amish community

Author: Dorothy O Pratt
Publisher: Bloomington, IN : Quarry Books, ©2004.
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While most books about the Amish focus on the Pennsylvania settlements or on the religious history of the sect, this book is a cultural history of one Indiana Amish community and its success in resisting assimilation into the larger culture. Amish culture has persisted relatively unchanged primarily because the Amish view the world around them through the prism of their belief in collective salvation based on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pratt, Dorothy O., 1949-
Shipshewana.
Bloomington, IN : Quarry Books, ©2004
(OCoLC)607718036
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy O Pratt
ISBN: 0253345189 9780253345189
OCLC Number: 55044740
Description: 209 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The LaGrange County settlement --
Creating cultural fencing --
The draft and the First World War --
The Indiana Councils of Defense and the Amish --
Modernization and the school issue --
The Great Depression --
Civilian public service --
The home front in the Second World War --
Gaining control, 1946-1975 --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Dorothy O. Pratt.
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