The Pennsylvania Dutch Country

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Arcadia Publishing, 2004 - History - 160 pages
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Taking the name Pennsylvania Dutch from a corruption of their own word for themselves, "Deutsch," the first German settlers arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683. By the time of the American Revolution, their influence was such that Benjamin Franklin, among others, worried that German would become the commonwealth's official language. The continuing influence of the Church peoples-the Amish and Mennonites and others who constitute the still-vibrant Dutch culture-can be seen today in icons of Americana from apple pie to log cabins.

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Emeritus professor of American studies at Penn State Harrisburg, Irwin Richman is the author of many books and articles on Pennsylvania Dutch arts and history. A member of numerous local and national historical associations, he prepared this new volume in cooperation with the Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster County. His text is highlighted by a selection of historical images-many never before published-showcasing the lives of the Pennsylvania Germ.

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