A Peculiar People: Iowa's Old Order Amish

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Iowa Pr
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Now back in print with a new essay, this classic of Iowa history focuses on the Old Order Amish Mennonites, the staters"s most distinctive religious minority. Sociologist Elmer Schwieder and historian Dorothy Schwieder began their research with the largest group of Old Order Amish in the state, the community near Kalona in Johnson and Washington counties, in April 1970; they extended their studies and friendships in later years to other Old Order settlements as well as the slightly less conservative Beachy Amish. A Peculiar Peopleexplores the origin and growth of the Old Order Amish in Iowa, their religious practices, economic organization, family life, the formation of new communities, and the vital issue of education. Included also are appendixes giving the 1967 "Act Relating to Compulsory School Attendance and Educational Standards"; a sample "Church Organization Financial Agreement," demonstrating the grouprs"s unusual but advantageous mutual financial system; and the 1632Dortrecht Confession of Faith, whose eighteen articles cover all the basic religious tenets of the Old Order Amish. Thomas Morainrs"s new essay describes external and internal issues for the Iowa Amish from the 1970s to today. The growth of utopian Amish communities across the nation, changes in occupation (althoughThe Amish Directorystill lists buggy shop operators, wheelwrights, and one lone horse dentist), the current state of education and health care, and the conscious balance between modern and traditional ways are reflected in an essay that describes how the Old Order dedication toGelassenheit-the yielding of self to the interests of the larger community-has served its members well into the twenty-first century.

Author Biography

Elmer Schwieder (1925–2005) was emeritus professor of sociology at Iowa State University. With Dorothy Schwieder he wrote Buxton: A Black Utopia in the Heartland. Dorothy Schwieder is emerita professor of history at Iowa State University and the author or coauthor of, among others, Iowa: The Middle Land and Growing Up with the Town: Family and Community on the Great Plains (Iowa, 2002). Thomas Morain is the author of, among others, Prairie Grass Roots: An Iowa Small Town in the Early Twentieth Century; formerly director of research and interpretation at Iowa’s Living History Farms, he is currently director of community outreach at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

Table of Contents

A Peculiar People in a Brave New World: Iowa's Old Order Amish in Recent Yearsp. ix
Prefacep. xx
The Old Order in Iowap. 2
Origin and Growthp. 9
Religious Practicesp. 23
Economic Organizationp. 37
Family Lifep. 54
Mobility and New Communitiesp. 80
The School Controversyp. 94
The Vital Issue: Educationp. 113
The Beachy Amishp. 129
The Plain People in the Midwestp. 141
An Act Relating to Compulsory School Attendance and Educational Standardsp. 153
Church Organization Financial Agreementp. 155
The Dortrecht Confession of Faithp. 156
Notesp. 169
Bibliographyp. 178
Indexp. 185
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