9 responses to 5 Important Events in Amish History
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    Comment on 5 Important Events in Amish History (September 11th, 2015 at 09:47)

    Thanks for printing this article, Erik. It is really very interesting.

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    Comment on Thanks, Erik... (September 11th, 2015 at 09:48)

    Thanks, Erik...

    Thanks Erik, I enjoyed today’s post.

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    Comment on Amish history (September 11th, 2015 at 09:52)

    Amish history

    Books have been written on the history of the Amish, yet you were able to condense it into one short page! Good job, Erik! I was most interested in the end of the Amish in Europe.

    If you would go back earlier to the 1500s, you could include the beginning of the Anabaptists. If you would add current events, you could include the year you started writing on Amish America! ha!

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    Comment on Very Interesting and enjoyable reading (September 11th, 2015 at 10:31)

    Very Interesting and enjoyable reading

    This is great, thanks Erik and have a blessed day….and a blessed forever! ; )

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    Comment on 5 Important Events in Amish History (September 11th, 2015 at 10:48)

    Glad to hear folks liked this post. I know some might find history boring but I thought these events were both important and pretty interesting.

    And Linda I do like the suggestion, I might find the founding date of AA personally important but I don’t quite think it rises to the level of Wisconsin v. Yoder 😉

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      Comment on Charming Nancy (September 29th, 2015 at 21:52)

      Charming Nancy

      There is a book about the Charming Nancy called Anna’s Crossing by Susan woods Fisher. I recommend this book. Susan writes and puts you right in the thick of things. You feel as though you are right there on the ship with them. Makes you think just what they endured to get here. It starts out slow, I would say maybe the first five chapters but then it picks up speed.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on 5 Important Events in Amish History (September 11th, 2015 at 14:08)

    I guess I didn’t realize there were still Amish in Europe up until 1937 (and now, again, some Beachy Amish). That was an interesting fact!

    Where are those Beachy Amish in Europe located, and how many (approx.) are there? Thriving or not so much? This is a topic of interest to me, personally.

    Thanks, Erik—this little “fact sheet” almost lends itself to a “pocket guide” of “Fast Amish Facts”!

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Beachy Amish in Europe (September 14th, 2015 at 08:14)

      Beachy Amish in Europe

      Alice Mary,
      I read about an Amish buggy in Poland, but it was Poland, New York!
      I read about an Amish child in Russia, but it was the town of Russia in New York!

      In Europe, there are Beachy Amish in Ireland, Romania, and Ukraine.

      http://www.observertoday.com/page/content.detail/id/617059/Driver-on-cell-phone-strikes-Amish-buggy.html?nav=5047 (Driver on cell phone strikes Amish buggy)
      “POLAND, NY – Two people were injured Friday after a distracted driver veered into an oncoming lane and destroyed an Amish buggy in Poland.”

      http://www.uticaod.com/article/20150909/NEWS/150909374 (Girl, 1, dies after hit by truck)
      “A 1-year-old Amish child was pronounced dead Wednesday night after she was struck by a car in the town of Russia,..”

      http://www.universitytimes.ie/2014/09/the-irish-amish/ (The Irish Amish)
      http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Did-you-know-Ireland-has-an-Amish-community.html (Did you know Ireland has an Amish community?)
      http://www.beachyam.org/ministries_MIC.htm (Missions Interest Committee)
      http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Beachy_Amish_Mennonite_Fellowship (Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship)

      Anabaptist Mennonite Church Finder Map:

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    Comment on Wisconsin versus Yoder (September 16th, 2015 at 09:53)

    Wisconsin versus Yoder

    Wisconsin versus Yoder is one of those issues affecting Amish life that receives very little critical thought. In the century prior to the court ruling, most Amish assimilated into the larger society. Since the ruling, the majority remain Old Order. The ruling also coincides with the first academic portrayals. In fact, the first academic to produce a major work on the Amish testified for the petitioners in the case and is universally recognized as being instrumental in the cases outcome. The implication is that Amish society is shaped and changed by those studying them. David Weaver Zercher in his book, “The Amish in the American Imagination” documents the extent which Hostetler, (the academic) blurred the line between neutral academic and activist.
    Dr. Kraybill, in “The Riddle of Amish Culture” writes of how the Amish conflict with modern education was specifically about not wanting to enable their children to think critically. Jonathan Edwards, a commenter on this site has lamented the inability of plain community adherents to think critically.
    In actual numbers, the Amish seem to be thriving, but in terms of being a functional, viable, religious movement, is anyone critically thinking about that?

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