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Steven M. Nolt

A History of the Amish

Steven M. Nolt A History Of The Amish Revised Update
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Biographical note:

     
     Steven M. Nolt is associate professor of history at Goshen College where he teaches courses in American history and Mennonite history. Since 1999 he has worked with sociologist Thomas J. Meyers to document the history and contemporary life of Indiana’s Old Order communities. During the 1990s he joined Donald B. Kraybill in charting the social and economic shifts among Pennsylvania Amish families moving from farming to non-farm occupations. Nolt graduated from Goshen College and also earned degrees at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (M.A.) and the University of Notre Dame (M.A., Ph.D.). His books include Foreigners in Their Own Land: Pennsylvania Germans in the Early Republic (Penn State, 2002) and co-authored volumes Through Fire and Water: An Overview of Mennonite History (Herald Press, 1996) and Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits (Johns Hopkins, 1995). A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Steve is married to Rachel Miller of Engadine, Michigan. They are the parents of two daughters, Lydia and Esther.

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     Authoritative, thorough, and approachable, this book brings together, for the first time in one volume, the history of the Amish, one of America's most intriguing people. Written by one of the foremost scholars in the field.

     
     The Amish, one of America's most intriguing peoples, have survived for 300 years! While much has been written on the Amish recently, little has appeared about their history. This book brings together for the first time in one volume a thorough history of the Amish people. From their beginnings in Europe through their settlement in North America, the Amish have struggled to maintain their beliefs and traditions in often hostile settings. Authoritative, thorough, and interestingly written, A History of the Amish presents the deep and rich heritage of the Amish people. Includes a substantial bibliography for further reading and study. Dozens of illustrations.


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