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New York Amish, 2nd EditionLife in the Plain Communities of the Empire State$
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Karen Johnson-Weiner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501707605

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501707605.001.0001

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Who Are the Amish?

Who Are the Amish?

Meeting Our Plain Neighbors

(p.1) 1 Who Are the Amish?
New York Amish, 2nd Edition

Karen Johnson-Weiner

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses how the Amish have been a part of the New York scene for nearly two hundred years. The first Amish settlers to the Empire State came from the French province of Lorraine. In several ways, these first settlers set the pattern for Amish settlement in New York. First, they were fleeing troubles in their homeland—due to Napoleon's military exploits, the pacifist French Amish had lost their military exemption. Moreover, like many who have come since, the French Amish came to New York to obtain cheap, available land. Finally, in making New York State their home, these Amish settlers and their descendants demonstrated how a group's response to particular events, social developments, personalities, and faith uniquely shapes its practices and its interaction with the surrounding society.

Keywords:   Amish, New York, French Amish, Napoleon, pacifism, military exemption, social developments

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