Amish Roots: A Treasury of History, Wisdom, and Lore

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John Andrew Hostetler
JHU Press, 1992 - Religion - 319 pages
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It isn't the way of the Amish to rite about themselves. But John A. Hostetler - author of the best-selling "Amish Society" - has put together a delightful anthology in which they do just that. More than 150 rare and unusual letters and journal entries, poems and stories, riddles, legends, and bits of family lore offer a uniquely authentic view of Amish life from colonial times to the present. With 25 pages of full-color illustrations, this is the Amish story as told by the Amish themselves, by their friends and neighbors, and by others who understand the Amish ways.

"Amish Roots" is more than an anthology of Amish history. Here Amish men and women speak out. On America. The decline of the family. Health and home remedies. Farming. They offer three centuries' wisdom on issues ranging from raising a barn to raising children, from getting along with neighbors to breaking in a team of mules.

 

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User Review  - RachelfromSarasota - LibraryThing

I spied this book while browsing through the shelves of a local library. Since I not only teach U.S. history but also live in Sarasota, which has a large Amish/Mennonite population, I thought the book ... Read full review

Amish roots: a treasury of history, wisdom, and lore

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With his previous book, Amish Society (Johns Hopkins, 1980. 3d ed.), Hostetler has already provided an introduction to the plain folk. His new work is a different sort of introduction, one that brings ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION TO A WAY OF LIFE
1
THE EUROPEAN CONNECTION
13
COMING TO AMERICA
26
PIONEERING IN THE AMERICAN WEST
37
AGRICULTURE AND EVERYDAY LIFE
56
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT
80
HOME AND FAMILY
94
PHASES OF LIFE
110
CONTROVERSIES AND DISPUTES
196
MEMORABILIA
205
LEGENDS
225
MISFORTUNES
235
MALICIOUS ATTACKS
247
CRITICISMS
257
SPEAKING OUT THE AMISH EXPLAIN
264
TRIBUTES
278

AMISH SCHOOLS
130
SCHOOL MANAGEMENT
144
CONSCIENCE IN CONFLICT
155
INTERACTION WITH OUTSIDERS
166
JOINING AND LEAVING THE FAITH
178
CHRONOLOGY OF AMISH HISTORY
291
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND PERMISSIONS
305
INDEX
313
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About the author (1992)

John A. Hostetler is emeritus professor of sociology and anthropology at Temple University and the former director of the Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College. Widely known for his publications and research on minority religious groups in the United States and Canada, he is the author of Amish Society and editor of Amish Roots: A Treasury of History, Wisdom, and Lore, both available in paperback from Johns Hopkins.

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