Mennonites in Texas

Mennonites in Texas : The Quiet in the Land

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With their distinctive head coverings, plain dress, and quiet, unassuming demeanor, the Mennonites are a striking presence within the often flamboyant and proud people of Texas. If you have seen them at a gas station, in a grocery store, or even at the Dallas - Fort Worth airport, you have probably taken note and wondered how they came to be there. In this photographic tour of two Texas Mennonite communities, separated by almost 450 miles, Laura L. Camden and Susan Gaetz Duarte introduce you to the Beachy Amish Mennonites of Lott, a small community of approximately 160 people in Central Texas, and the very different Mennonites of Seminole, a West Texas farming community of more than five thousand residents and five separate congregations, several of which still speak the Mennonite Low German. Spending more than a year getting to know the families, participating in day-to-day activities, and photographing the unique culture of the communities, Camden and Gaetz Duarte developed deep insight into not just the religious beliefs but also the family relationships, role expectations, and daily routines of these people. Through their camera lenses, they offer others a touchingly intimate view of a unique lifestyle seldom experienced by outsiders. In a foreword, former governor Ann Richards identifies the book as part of both the long photographic tradition in Texas and the tradition of cultural and religious diversity in the state. Mark L. Louden's introduction provides the historical backgrounds of Mennonites in Europe, their core beliefs, and their development into branches in North America. Dennis Carlyle Darling offers insightful comments on the photography that allows an intimate, respectful view of the people, their lifestyle, and their culture.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 215.9 x 236.2 x 22.9mm | 748.44g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 48 duotone photos, map, bibliography, index
  • 1585444979
  • 9781585444977

About Laura L. Camden

LAURA L. CAMDEN and SUSAN GAETZ DUARTE are professional photographers based in Austin. Both earned master's degrees in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin and have had their award-winning work widely published. Gaetz Duarte currently teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. Camden has taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Montana.show more

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