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They adopt many of the inventions of the secular society once they are outmoded. By combining family labor with modest acreages, and by restraining the trend toward Page 15 A young Amish blacksmith and his farm shop. Page 16 large and costly machines, they have been able to escape some of the disintegrating aspects of modern societyhaste, waste, aimlessness, and violence. The Non-Farming Amish Occupational patterns among the Amish have changed significantly since about 1960. Due to the scarcity and high cost of farmland, and the expensiveness of farm machinery and supplies, many of the younger Amish couples have been forced to work off the farm.

Wholistic description of Amish culture. The Riddle of Amish Culture. Donald B. Kraybill. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989. , Amish and their dialogue with modernity. Amish Roots: A Treasure of History, Wisdom, and Lore. John A. Hostetler. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989. Stories, legends, and letters written by Amish persons. A History of the Amish. Stephen Nolt. : Good Books, 1992. Photographic Studies Old Order Amish: Their Enduring Way of Life. Photographs by Lucian Niemeyer.

Although the Amish are often featured in newspapers and magazines, research journals, books, and pamphlets, many misconceptions still persist. On the one hand, the Amish are viewed as a rare species, a people who live "naturally" and who approximate the requirements of sainthood. On the other extreme are those who pity the Amish for not accepting the most modern conveniences and for not asserting their individual rights as taken for granted by most Americans. The Amish people did not originate in a corporate board meeting but in the suffering and martyrdom of the sixteenth century.

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