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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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Challenges to Amish Settlement

Challenges to Amish Settlement

Maintaining Community and Identity

(p.178) 8 Challenges to Amish Settlement
New York Amish, 2nd Edition

Karen Johnson-Weiner

Cornell University Press

This chapter talks about how not all the Amish who have come to New York have been successful in their attempt to settle there. At least six Amish settlements in New York State alone have become extinct since 1950, namely the settlements in Sinclairville (Chautauqua County, 1950–1960); Clyde (Wayne County, 1979–1999); Newport (Herkimer County, 1979–2003); Dundee (Yates County, 1981–1988); Albion (Orleans County, 1986–1996); and Poland (Herkimer County, 2002–2007). Amish settlements are, for the most part, individual enterprises, undertaken by families acting in concert rather than by groups organized in advance. Ultimately, the success and failure of a settlement is due to circumstances that are peculiar to the group.

Keywords:   Amish settlements, New York, Chautauqua County, Wayne County, Herkimer County, Yates County, Orleans County

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