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The Amish In America: Settlements That Failed, 1840-1960 Hardcover – Import, 1986

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 555 pages
  • Publisher: Pathway; 1St Edition edition (1986)
  • ASIN: B0000EEDL1
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dean Sellers on May 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It might be surprising to learn that a majority of the Amish settlements throughout history "failed", however it's true. While the Amish "movement" remains strong today (and continues to grow) - it's difficult to start a settlement that endures. In a companion publication, David Luthy lists nine reasons why ("Why Some Amish Communitites Fail: Extinct Settlements, 1961-1996").

Here is a description of "The Amish in America: Settlements That Failed 1840-1960" as listed on the Masthof bookstore website: "This Amish history of 100 extinct Amish settlements is arranged by state. (It does not include settlements founded in the 1700s in southeastern Pa., nor settlements that have ceased to exist after 1960.) Each section begins with a history as to how it began and lists heads of families/spouses." (Hint - if you don't want to pay $100 for a used book, it's still being sold BRAND NEW at the aforementioned store.)

This book also has maps, stories, and some genealogy-related information (relationships between individuals in the communities). It's by no means exhaustive in its listing of community members, however it does give a good flavor for the surnames that might be found in each community. It also includes references of source materials used.

In short, this is a well-researched, well-written, and entertaining book that's packed full of useful data. It's indispensable to Amish researchers and genealogists. If you don't have one, then buy one now!
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