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The Amish and the State

Paperback
, 376 pages

15 halftones

ISBN:
9780801872365
May 2003
$28.00

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The Amish and the State
second edition

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.

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.

"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."

"Invaluable... provides readers with updated insights into the workings of the small religious community."

"An excellent reference work on the subject of religious freedom in twentieth-century America and how negotiation has been used to maintain Amish distinctive practices and identity."

"[Reveals] how the legal battles fought by the Amish have safeguarded the rights of other American citizens to exercise their faith according to conviction."

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