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History of the Amish


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Steven M. Nolt is associate professor of history at Goshen College where he teaches courses in American history and Mennonite history. Since 1999 he has worked with sociologist Thomas J. Meyers to document the history and contemporary life of Indiana's Old Order communities. During the 1990s he joined Donald B. Kraybill in charting the social and economic shifts among Pennsylvania Amish families moving from farming to non-farm occupations. Nolt graduated from Goshen College and also earned degrees at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (M.A.) and the University of Notre Dame (M.A., Ph.D.). His books include Foreigners in Their Own Land: Pennsylvania Germans in the Early Republic (Penn State, 2002) and co-authored volumes Through Fire and Water: An Overview of Mennonite History (Herald Press, 1996) and Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits (Johns Hopkins, 1995). A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Steve is married to Rachel Miller of Engadine, Michigan. They are the parents of two daughters, Lydia and Esther.


"A History of the Amish is delightfully easy to understand, packed with photos, illustrations, and sidebars that give the reader a good feel for the sights and words of Amish communities both current and historical."
"Clearly informative, giving readers an opportunity to learn more about a unique religious group."
"The author successfully presents the entire history of the Amish since 1525 while avoiding both the overly sentimental approach of much popular writing and the anti-Amish bias of the rest."

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