The Amish and the State

The Amish and the State

Paperback Center Books in Anabaptist Studies

Edited by Donald B. Kraybill, Foreword by Martin E. Marty

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  • Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 378 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 25mm | 490g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801872367
  • ISBN 13: 9780801872365
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 15 black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 1,034,231

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In this new edition of The Amish and the State Donald Kraybill brings together legal scholars and social scientists to explore the unique series of conflicts between a traditional religious minority and the modern state. In the process, the authors trace the preservation-and the erosion-of religious liberty in American life. Kraybill begins with an overview of the Amish in North America and describes the "negotiation model" used throughout the book to interpret a variety of legal conflicts. Subsequent chapters deal with specific aspects of religious freedom over which the Amish and the state have clashed. Focusing on the period from 1925 to 2001 in the United States, the authors examine conflicts over military service and conscription, Social Security and taxes, education, health care, land use and zoning, regulation of slow-moving vehicles, and other first amendment issues. New concluding chapters, by constitutional expert William Ball, who defended the Amish before the Supreme Court in 1972 in the landmark Wisconsin v. Yoder case, and law professor Garret Epps, assess the Amish contribution to preserving religious liberty in the United States.

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Author information

Donald B. Kraybill is Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania. Widely recognized for his work on Anabaptist groups, he has authored and edited many books, including The Riddle of Amish Culture and The Amish and the State, both available from Johns Hopkins.

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The second edition... is... a resource book that will be of considerable interest not only to scholars of the Amish and other Anabaptists but to those concerned with religious freedom-and its recent decline-in the United States. -- Timothy Miller Utopian Studies 2005 Invaluable... provide readers with updated insights into the workings of the small religious community. -- Thomas E. Gallagher Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 2005

Table of contents

Contents:Foreword Martin E. MartyPreface and Acknowledgments A Note on Sources1. Negotiating with Caesar Donald B. Kraybill2. The Amish View of the State Paton Yoder3. Military Service and Conscription Albert N. Keim4. The National Amish Steering Committee Marc A. Olshan5. Education and Schooling Thomas J. Meyers6. The National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom William C. Lindholm7. Social Security and Taxes Peter J. Ferrara8. Slow-Moving Vehicles Lee J. Zook9. Health Care Gertrude Enders Huntington10. Land Use Elizabeth Place11. The Role of Outsiders Robert L. Kidder12. Encounters with the State, 1990-2002 Herman D. Bontrager13. First Amendment Issues William B. Ball14. The Amish and the American Oyster Garrett EppsApendix: Significant Legal Cases Elizabeth PlaceNotes References Contributors Index