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The Amish

Author: Donald B Kraybill; Karen Johnson-Weiner; Steven M Nolt
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
The Amish have always struggled with the modern world. Known for their simple clothing, plain lifestyle, and horse-and-buggy mode of transportation, Amish communities continually face outside pressures to modify their cultural patterns, social organization, and religious world view. An intimate portrait of Amish life, The Amish explores not only the emerging diversity and evolving identities within this distinctive  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald B Kraybill; Karen Johnson-Weiner; Steven M Nolt
ISBN: 9781421409146 1421409143 9781421409153 1421409151
OCLC Number: 810329297
Notes: "The companion to American Experience PBS"--Jacket.
Description: xvi, 500 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Roots. Who are the Amish? --
European origins --
The story in America --
Cultural context. Religious roots --
Sacred rituals --
The Amish way --
Symbols and identity --
Social organization. Diverse affiliations --
Population patterns --
Community organization --
Gender and family --
From Rumspringa to marriage --
Social ties and community rhythms --
Education --
External ties. Agriculture --
Business --
Technology --
Health and healing --
Government and civic relations --
The Amish in print --
Tourism and media --
The future. Pursuits of happiness --
Appendix A. Related groups: Mennonites, Brethren, Hutterites --
Appendix B. Key events in Amish history.
Responsibility: Donald B. Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt.


What does the Amish story reveal about the American character, popular culture, and mainstream values? Richly illustrated, The Amish is the definitive portrayal of the Amish in America in the  Read more...


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