The Amish and the State

The Amish and the State

by Donald B. Kraybill
     
 

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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

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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.


About the Author:
Donald B. Kraybill is a professor of sociology and Anabaptist Studies at Messiah College 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 coauthored Amish Enterprise, both available from Johns Hopkins.

Editorial Reviews

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801844690
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1986
Series:
Center Books in Anabaptist Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.89(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.

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