9 responses to An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Donald Kraybill
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    Comment on An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Donald Kraybill (July 14th, 2008 at 04:38)

    Interesting interview. With respect to pressures on the Amish culture, I would be interested in hearing the professor’s response to how going from a farm economy to a wage economy will impact Amish culture. My Amish cousins tell me that it’s harder to get people out for reunions, funerals and weddings, which are huge cultural events for Amish because so many of the men are working wage-based jobs and can’t get the time off, or want to spend Saturdays with their families instead of going to a reunion. Would it be possible to have a barn raising anymore with so few farmers in the community?

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    Comment on An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Donald Kraybill (July 14th, 2008 at 09:01)

    Though I don’t often comment, I’m an avid reader of your blog, and really enjoyed this article. I was raised Mennonite, and most of my relatives are either Amish or Mennonite, but I still learn lots of things here. When you’re raised in the culture you take a lot of things for granted without understanding their background in depth.

    I’ve heard a lot about Donald Kraybill over the years, and respect him highly. I read Amish Grace a few months ago. The depth of research and the thoughtfulness and respect with which it was written genuinely impressed and moved me.

    I’ve bookmarked the Amish Studies site and Kraybill’s site too, so thank you for those links. I’m writing a major fictional version of the 1757 Hochstetler massacre and aftermath with a distant cousin, Bob Hostetler, and any historical information I can find on the Amish in America will be extremely helpful.

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    OldKat’77
    Comment on An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Donald Kraybill (July 14th, 2008 at 08:27)

    I agree with crockhead; very interesting interview. I had wondered about Dr. Kraybill’s background before, i.e. how do you get started researching something as unique as Amish culture? I can see how his Mennonite background would help his efforts. Also, I had wondered if the Amish working off the farm, so to speak, would impact their cultural activities. I guess crockhead answered that. I hope the Amish never get so caught up in chasing the buck that they lose perspective of what is important, as many of us non-Amish have.

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    Helen Parnell-Berry
    Comment on An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Donald Kraybill (July 15th, 2008 at 10:30)

    Thanks for that interview, Erik. I have often wondered about Donald Kraybill, his background and how he came to be interested in the Amish. He’s often described as a sociologist however, he seems more like an anthropologist to me (and a very good one he is too).

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    Dave Carrig
    Comment on An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Donald Kraybill (July 16th, 2008 at 05:00)

    Thanks for posting this interview Erik –

    I didn’t realize his book “The Riddle of Amish Culture” was published in 1989. Perhaps its why I thought it was a bit dated – I should have chedked the pub date! I guess I’ll have to check out “The Amish in America” when it comes out. I still have yet to read his book on Amish forgiveness.

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    Matthew
    Comment on An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Donald Kraybill (July 17th, 2008 at 06:56)

    Erik, thanks for posting this interview. I have enjoyed reading books by both Kraybill and Nolt before, and am especially looking forward to “the Amish in America”.

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    Marcia
    Comment on An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Donald Kraybill (September 29th, 2008 at 05:45)

    I recently read the book “Rumspringa” by Tom Shachtman and while it is about Amish teens/young adults the book mentions how these kids find work in factories versus farming. It says many Amish families live on mini-farms or farmettes and how the percentage of Amish that live and run a farm is dropping. Amish Grace is not available at my library so I’m ordering it today from Amazon.

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    Comment on An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Donald Kraybill (September 29th, 2008 at 07:21)

    Thanks to everyone for reading the interview and I’m glad you enjoyed it as I did.

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    Roger A. Bradley
    Comment on An Amish America Q-and-A with Professor Donald Kraybill (October 25th, 2009 at 17:53)

    Dear DR. Kraybill,
    Purchasing a firearm in PA requires a drivers license. What do the Amish use for Photo ID ? Do the Amish have any type of ID ?

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