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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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The Mohawk Valley Amish

The Mohawk Valley Amish

Old Order Diversity in Central New York

(p.107) 5 The Mohawk Valley Amish
New York Amish, 2nd Edition

Karen Johnson-Weiner

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how other Amish began to think about settling in the Mohawk Valley region—they were motivated primarily by the need for farmland, but were partly attracted by idyllic reports of life in the Fort Plain settlement. Meanwhile, non-Amish in the area began to think about how they could attract Amish settlers. Whether Amish life is truly slower, calmer, or as often depicted, simpler, is debatable. Nevertheless, having to earn a living, feed numerous children, build homes and barns, milk cows, grow much of one's own food, do laundry, and preserve gallons of fruit and vegetables each year, all without the aid of many of the labor-saving devices that mainstream America deems essential, makes for a challenging and sometimes complicated life.

Keywords:   Mohawk Valley Amish, Fort Plain settlement, non-Amish, Amish life, mainstream America, Amish settlers

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