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  • Primer to understanding Amish life for visitors
  • Captivating color photography
  • Insight on recent media events

More than 8.5 million people visit Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, every year to experience the culture of the oldest Amish community in the world. This book by the leading scholar of the Amish explains the uncommon lifestyle of these simple-living people who intrigue so many visitors. Mini essays on ...

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The Amish of Lancaster County

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Overview

  • Primer to understanding Amish life for visitors
  • Captivating color photography
  • Insight on recent media events

More than 8.5 million people visit Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, every year to experience the culture of the oldest Amish community in the world. This book by the leading scholar of the Amish explains the uncommon lifestyle of these simple-living people who intrigue so many visitors. Mini essays on all aspects of Amish life, from dress and spirituality to horse-and-buggy transport, are accompanied by beautiful full-color photographs. The author also discusses myths about the Amish, their selective use of technology, the current media attention to Rumspringa, and the tragedy at the Nickel Mines school.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811750622
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 621,390
  • File size: 20 MB
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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. He has published numerous books on the Amish, including The Riddle of Amish Culture (978-0-8018-6772-9) and The Puzzles of Amish Life (978-1-5614-8001-2).

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Table of Contents

The Amish of Lancaster County     1
The Secrets of Amish Population Growth     5
Myths and Realities     7
Religious Roots     10
The Quilt Work of Amish Values     12
Amish Sprituality     15
Ordnung     18
Religious Rituals and Practices     20
The Architecture of Community Life     23
Family and Children     25
Childbirth     27
Health Care     30
Bountiful Food     33
Social Gatherings and Holidays     35
Leisure     38
Schools and Teachers     40
Rumspringa     42
Weddings     44
Stewards of the Soil     47
A Mini Industrial Revolution     49
Women Entrepreneurs     52
The Motor Vehicle Maze     54
Tractors and Farm Machinery     56
"Amish Electricity"     58
Selective Use of Technology     61
Civic Participation     63
Government, Voting, and Taxes     65
Tourism     68
Amish and the Media     70
The Tragedy at Nickel Mines     73
Art and CreativeExpression     75
Dying Gracefully     77
Related Religious Groups     79
The Future of Amish Society     82
Index     85
About the Author and the Photographer     88
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