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? Why will the Amish ride in cars but refuse to drive them? ? How can their old-fashioned farms turn a profit while many modern farms go broke? ? Do they ever change their customs? Who decides, and how? ? If they'll use pay phones, why not have a phone in the house? ? Why will they use electronic calculators but not computers?

The Amish are one of America's most intriguing and puzzling communities. To the outsider, their habits and customs abound with contradictions. But the most intriguing puzzle of all is the secret of their survival in the twentieth century. How have these plain folk not only kept the modern world at bay but actually grown from a meager band of 5,000 in 1900 to over 100,000 today?

Donald Kraybill has lived and worked among the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, home of America's oldest Amish community. Talking with the Amish on their farms, in their shops, and around their kitchen tables, he has learned how they have struck a bargain with modern times--a bargain that explains why many of the rules that seem quaint or silly actually have been essential to keeping Amish culture alive.

In The Riddle of Amish Culture Kraybill finds the Amish men and women eager to answer our questions. But they also have questions for us. Why, they ask, do we shut our aging parents out of our houses--and put them in institutions we call homes? Why do we move away from the towns and families we love in pursuit of jobs we hate? And why do we need weapons so powerful they could one day destroy us all--Amish and English alike?

The Riddle of Amish Culture draws us into conversation across a cultural fence with a people as remote as the seventeenth century and asclose to home as that blacktop road off the next Interstate exit. And what we learn about our Amish neighbors tells us much about ourselves.

Some have wall-to-wall carpeting, insulated wooly stuff all around the top, a big dashboard, glove compartment, speedometer, clock, stereo radio, buttons galore, and lights and reflectors all over the place... If they have the money, that's what they do, and that's pride.--an Amish leader, on the hot- rod carriages of some Amish teenagers

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Kraybill, Donald B.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Baltimore :
Sociology - General
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Bibliography: p. 285-300.
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xii, 304 p.
9.20x5.94x.80 in. .80 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
Religion » Christianity » Amish, Mennonite, and Hutterite
Religion » Christianity » Miscellaneous Denominations
Religion » Western Religions » Denominations

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