The Amish and the State (Center Books in Anabaptist Studies) / Edition 2

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Overview

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Utopian Studies
The second edition... is... a resource book that will be of considerable interest not only to scholars of the Amish and other Anabaptists but to those concerned with religious freedom—and its recent decline—in the United States.

— Timothy Miller

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Invaluable... provide readers with updated insights into the workings of the small religious community.

— Thomas E. Gallagher

Journal of Church and State
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.

— James A. Jolly

Washington Post Book World

[Reveals] how the legal battles fought by the Amish have safeguarded the rights of other American citizens to exercise their faith according to conviction.

Utopian Studies - Timothy Miller

The second edition... is... a resource book that will be of considerable interest not only to scholars of the Amish and other Anabaptists but to those concerned with religious freedom—and its recent decline—in the United States.

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion - Thomas E. Gallagher

Invaluable... provides readers with updated insights into the workings of the small religious community.

Journal of Church and State - James A. Jolly

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801872365
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Center Books in Anabaptist Studies
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:Foreword

Martin E. MartyPreface and Acknowledgments

A Note on Sources1. Negotiating with Caesar

Donald B. Kraybill2. The Amish View of the State

Paton Yoder3. Military Service and Conscription

Albert N. Keim4. The National Amish Steering Committee

Marc A. Olshan5. Education and Schooling

Thomas J. Meyers6. The National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom

William C. Lindholm7. Social Security and Taxes

Peter J. Ferrara8. Slow-Moving Vehicles

Lee J. Zook9. Health Care

Gertrude Enders Huntington10. Land Use

Elizabeth Place11. The Role of Outsiders

Robert L. Kidder12. Encounters with the State, 1990–2002

Herman D. Bontrager13. First Amendment Issues

William B. Ball14. The Amish and the American Oyster

Garrett EppsApendix: Significant Legal Cases

Elizabeth PlaceNotes

References

Contributors

Index

Johns Hopkins University Press

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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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