By Charles E. Hurst
Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the most important and such a lot different Amish neighborhood on this planet. but, strangely, it continues to be really unknown in comparison to its well-known cousin in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell carried out seven years of fieldwork, together with interviews with over 2 hundred citizens, to appreciate the dynamism that drives social switch and schism in the cost, the place Amish agencies and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an remarkable and complicated strategy of switch as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish industry motives them to reconsider their spiritual convictions, kin practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and well-being care strategies. The authors problem the preferred snapshot of the Amish as a homogeneous, static, insulated society, exhibiting how the Amish stability tensions among person wishes and neighborhood values. They locate that self-made millionaires paintings along suffering dairy farmers; profitable lady marketers dwell round the corner to stay-at-home moms; and teens either include and reject the coming-of-age ritual, rumspringa. An Amish Paradox captures the complexity and creativity of the Holmes County Amish, dispelling a dead ringer for the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and exhibiting how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their certain lifestyle. (2011)
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President Thomas Jefferson signed deeds for land near Walnut Creek settled by a young Amish man named Jonas Stutzman. Several years later other Amish moved to Smithville in Wayne County, a settlement that eventually died out. S. 47 The years between 1850 and 1870 are known as a time of division between conservative-minded and progressive Amish in the large settlements in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana; however, the conflict in Holmes County was particularly bitter. ”48 In Wayne and Holmes counties, for example, some leaders argued over whether stream baptism was acceptable.
Consider, for example, that out of the eighty-eight counties in the state of Ohio, Holmes County is among the seven lowest in per capita income;58 the western portion of Holmes County is even designated as an “Appalachian” district, qualifying the county for federal and state assistance. Yet many of the other demographic and economic indicators that typically cluster with low per capita incomes are absent. 59 The crime rate was among the lowest in the state as well. Moreover, in 2005 Holmes County had the highest rate of exports to imports of all Ohio counties, testimony to the hundreds of wholesale woodworking shops run by Amish entrepreneurs.
This is especially true of the large Mennonite population in the Holmes County Settlement, most of whom have parents or grandparents who are or were Amish. 64 These persons sympathetic with Amish life partially insulate the Amish from outside pressures, provide legal, medical, and other assistance when necessary, and are one of the definite attractions of the Holmes County Settlement to many Amish families. The presence of more evangelical churches is a final feature of the local religious context.
An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World's Largest Amish Community (Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies) by Charles E. Hurst