A Peculiar People

A Peculiar People : Iowa's Old Order Amish : an Expanded Edition

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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 stateOCOs 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.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 215 pages
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa City, United States
  • English
  • 1st University of Iowa Press e.
  • 1587298481
  • 9781587298486

About Elmer Schwieder

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.show more

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"An excellent inventory of the life and customs of today's Iowa Amish and probably the best book ever done on the faith in the Midwest."--"Des Moines Register "show more

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