For a long time, most Americans knew little more about the Amish than that they made finely crafted furniture and pursued a quietly stubborn resistance to modernity. But lately, against all expectation, an avalanche of Amish romance novels and myth-making TV “reality” shows like Breaking Amish and Amish Mafia have turned the mighty gaze of popular culture...
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Donald B. Kraybill is distinguished professor at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and author of many books on Amish society, including The Amish, recently published by Johns Hopkins University Press.