A History of The Amish

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Authoritative, thorough, and approachable, this book brings together, for the first time in one volume, the history of the Amish, one of America's most intriguing people. Written by one of the foremost scholars in the field.

The Amish, one of America's most intriguing peoples, have survived for 300 years! While much has been written on the Amish recently, little has appeared about their history. This book brings together for the first time in one volume a thorough history of ...

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Overview

Authoritative, thorough, and approachable, this book brings together, for the first time in one volume, the history of the Amish, one of America's most intriguing people. Written by one of the foremost scholars in the field.

The Amish, one of America's most intriguing peoples, have survived for 300 years! While much has been written on the Amish recently, little has appeared about their history. This book brings together for the first time in one volume a thorough history of the Amish people. From their beginnings in Europe through their settlement in North America, the Amish have struggled to maintain their beliefs and traditions in often hostile settings. Authoritative, thorough, and interestingly written, A History of the Amish presents the deep and rich heritage of the Amish people. Includes a substantial bibliography for further reading and study. Dozens of illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561483938
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Series: Books about Amish and Mennonite Life Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 379
  • Sales rank: 571,180
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven M. Nolt is associate professor of history at Goshen College where he teaches courses in American history and Mennonite history. Since 1999 he has worked with sociologist Thomas J. Meyers to document the history and contemporary life of Indiana’s Old Order communities. During the 1990s he joined Donald B. Kraybill in charting the social and economic shifts among Pennsylvania Amish families moving from farming to non-farm occupations. Nolt graduated from Goshen College and also earned degrees at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (M.A.) and the University of Notre Dame (M.A., Ph.D.). His books include Foreigners in Their Own Land: Pennsylvania Germans in the Early Republic (Penn State, 2002) and co-authored volumes Through Fire and Water: An Overview of Mennonite History (Herald Press, 1996) and Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits (Johns Hopkins, 1995). A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Steve is married to Rachel Miller of Engadine, Michigan. They are the parents of two daughters, Lydia and Esther.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 2
1. A Reformation Heritage 3
2. Amish Beginnings, 1693-1711 27
3. Migration and Persistence: The Amish in Europe, 1693-1801 51
4. Settlement and Struggle in the New World: The Amish in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania 72
5. A Time of Testing: The Amish in Europe, 1790-1860 96
6. Prosperity and Promise in North America, 1800-1865 118
7. Years of Division, 1850-1878 157
8. Merging Traditions: Amish Mennonites and Mennonites in North America and Europe, 1870-1937 193
9. Preservation and Perseverance: The Old Order Amish, 1865-1900 231
10. Challenges in a New Century, 1900-1945 257
11. Peoplehood in a Changing World: Amish Life Since 1945 291
Endnotes 341
Bibliography 357
Index 371
Author 380
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