Amish and the State / Edition 2

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In this new edition of The Amish and the State Donald Kraybill brings together legal scholars and social scientists to explore the unique series of conflicts between a traditional religious minority and the modern state. In the process, the authors trace the preservation--and the erosion--of religious liberty in American life. Kraybill begins with an overview of the Amish in North America and describes the "negotiation model" used throughout the book to interpret a variety of legal conflicts. Subsequent chapters deal with specific aspects of religious freedom over which the Amish and the state have clashed. Focusing on the period from 1925 to 2001 in the United States, the authors examine conflicts over military service and conscription, Social Security and taxes, education, health care, land use and zoning, regulation of slow-moving vehicles, and other first amendment issues. New concluding chapters, by constitutional expert William Ball, who defended the Amish before the Supreme Court in 1972 in the landmark Wisconsin v. Yoder case, and law professor Garret Epps, assess the Amish contribution to preserving religious liberty in the United States.

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Meet the Author

Donald B. Kraybill is Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania. Widely recognized for his work on Anabaptist groups, he has authored and edited many books, including The Riddle of Amish Culture and The Amish and the State, both available from Johns Hopkins.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
A Note on Sources
1 Negotiating with Caesar 3
2 The Amish View of the State 23
3 Military Service and Conscription 43
4 The National Amish Steering Committee 67
5 Education and Schooling 87
6 The National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom 109
7 Social Security and Taxes 125
8 Slow-moving Vehicles 145
9 Health Care 163
10 Land Use 191
11 The Role of Outsiders 213
12 Canadian Government Relations 235
13 First Amendment issues 251
Appendix: Significant Legal Cases 263
Notes 275
References 301
Contributors 323
Index 327
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Reading Group Guide

An excellent reference work on the subject of religious freedom in twentieth-century America and how negotiation has been used to maintain Amish distinctive practices and identity.
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