Books and Selected Articles
*indicates Amish authorship
Hostetler, John A. Amish Society. 4th ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993. [The classic text on Amish life which focuses on three large settlements: Holmes County, Ohio; Lancaster County, Pa.; and the Elkhart-LaGrange settlement in Northern Indiana. Much of the field work was done in the 1960s and 70s but many of the interpretations of Amish culture are enduring.]
Igou, Brad, comp. *The Amish in Their Own Words. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press,1999. [Selections of Amish writings from the Amish magazine Family Life.]
Kraybill, Donald B. Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. [340 entries providing a succinct overview of the history, religious beliefs, and cultural practices of the more than 200 different Anabaptist groups in North America.]
Kraybill, Donald B. The Riddle of Amish Culture. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. [A socio-cultural history of the Lancaster Amish settlement with interpretations that apply to other settlements. Shows how the Amish negotiate socio-cultural change in the context of modern society.]
Nolt, Steven M., and Thomas J. Meyers. Plain Diversity: Amish Cultures and Identities. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. [A cultural-historical study of diverse Amish groups in Indiana. Offers a conceptual framework for understanding Amish diversity.]
Business and Economy
Kraybill, Donald B., Steven M. Nolt, and Erik J. Wesner. “Amish Enterprise: The Collective Power of Ethnic Entrepreneurship.” In Global Business and Economics Review 12 nos. 1/2 (2010): 3-20.
Kraybill, Donald B., Steven M. Nolt, and Erik J. Wesner. “Sources of Enterprise Success in Amish Communities.” Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy 5, no. 2 (2011): 112-30.
Kraybill, Donald B., and Marc A. Olshan, eds. The Amish Struggle with Modernity. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1994. [See chapters 8, 9, 10 which describe non-farm occupations and business.]
Scott, Stephen M., Plain Buggies: Amish, Mennonite and Brethren Horse-drawn Transportation. rev ed. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1998. [A detailed description of styles and types of horse-drawn carriages in different groups.]
———. Why Do They Dress That Way? rev ed. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1997. [A detailed description of dress customs in various groups.]
———. Amish Houses & Barns. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1992. [Provides descriptions of architecture and homestead designs of Amish properties.]
Scott, Stephen M., and Kenneth Pellman. Living Without Electricity. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2000. [A description of technology practices among Amish groups.]
Herr, Patricia T. Amish Arts of Lancaster County. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1998. [Descriptive text and color photos of Amish art ranging from floor coverings and potholders to toys and glassware.]
Hughes, Richard, and Julie Silber. Amish: The Art of the Quilt. New York: Knopf, 1990.
Luthy, David. Amish Folk Artist Barbara Ebersol: Her Life, Fraktur, and Death Record Book. Lancaster, PA: Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 1995. [Authoritative text and color samples of the fraktur of an Amish artist who lived from 1846 to 1922.]
McCauley, Daniel, and Kathryn McCauley. Decorative Arts of the Amish of Lancaster County. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1988. [Text and color photos of Amish art including quilts, rugs, dolls, furniture, and other artistic expressions.]
McLary, Kathleen. Amish Style: Clothing, Home Furnishing, Toys, Dolls, and Quilts. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1993.
Pottinger, David. Quilts from the Indiana Amish: A Regional Collection; photographs by Susan Einstein. New York: E.P. Dutton in association with the Museum of American Folk Art, 1983.
Farmwald, Delbert, ed. *History and Directory of Indiana Amish Parochial Schools. Topeka, IN: Study Time Publishers, 2004. [Provides, from an Amish perspective, the origins of Indiana Amish schools; conflict and negotiation with state officials; a complete list of schools by settlement; and minutes of the school directors and teachers meetings since 1964.]
Hostetler, John A., and Gertrude Enders Huntington. Amish Children: Education in the Family, School, and Community. 2nd ed. New York: Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich, 1992. [Based on field work from the 1970s, the authors describe Amish socialization in the context of family and community.]
Johnson-Weiner, Karen. Train Up a Child: Old Order Amish and Mennonite Schools. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. [A thorough description and analytical comparison of Old Order education in five different types of communities.]
Keim, Albert N., ed. Compulsory Education and the Amish: The Right Not to Be Modern. Boston: Beacon, 1975. [Essays by scholars and historians on the US Supreme Court’s decision on Amish schooling in Wisconsin v. Yoder in 1972. Includes the text of the court’s decision.]
Kinsinger, Andrew S., comp. *A Little History of Our Parochial Schools and Steering Committee from 1956–1994. Gordonville, PA: Gordonville Print Shop, 1997. [An Amish leader’s reflections on the development of Amish private schools.]
Lapp, Christ. Pennsylvania School History 1690-1990. Gordonville, PA: Gordonville Print Shop, 1991. [A 650-page compendium of newspaper reports and minutes of meetings on the rise of Amish schools in the mid-twentieth century. Compiled by an Amish man.]
Peters, Shawn F. The Yoder Case: Religious Freedom, Education, and Parental Rights. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2003. [A succinct summary of the cultural and legal issues surrounding Wisconsin v. Yoder in 1972.]
Garrett, Ruth Irene. Crossing Over: One Woman’s Escape from Amish Life. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.
Wagler, Ira. Growing Up Amish: A Memoir. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2011.
Family and Gender
Hostetler, John A., and Gertrude Enders Huntington. Amish Children: Education in the Family, School, and Community. 2nd ed. New York: Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich, 1992. [Based on field work from the 1970s, this text describes Amish socialization in the context of the family.]
Kraybill, Donald B., and Gertrude Enders Huntington. “The Amish Family.” In Ethnic Families in America: Patterns and Variations, 5th ed., edited by Roosevelt H. Wright, Jr., Charles H. Mindel, Thanh Van Tran, and Robert W. Habenstein, 437-460. Boston: Pearson, 2012.
Schmidt, K. D., D. Zimmerman Umble, and S. D. Reschly, eds. Strangers at Home: Amish and Mennonite Women in History. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. [Fifteen chapters of scholarly essays on gender and family.]
Scott, Stephen M. The Amish Wedding and Other Special Occasions of the Old Order Communities. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1988. [Two chapters focus on courtship and wedding practices; the other eight chapters describe other rituals in various Amish and non-Amish Old Order communities.]
Stevick, Pauline. Beyond the Plain and Simple: A Patchwork of Amish Lives. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2007. [A variety of short essays, many of which relate to women and family life.]
Stoltzfus, Louise. Amish Women: Lives and Stories. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1994. [Based on interviews the author, who comes from Amish background, conducted with Amish women.]
———. Traces of Wisdom: Amish Women and the Pursuit of Life’s Simple Pleasures. New York: Hyperion, 1998. [Wisdom for living from Amish women: several dozen short essays summarized by the author.]
Stoltzfus, Naomi, and Linda S. Ingham. *God Moves Mountains One Pebble at a Time: The Healing Journey of Naomi Stoltzfus. Morgantown, PA: Masthof Press, 2005. [An Amish woman tells her story of sexual abuse and healing and offers advice for others suffering abuse.]
Government and Politics
Kraybill, Donald B., ed. The Amish and the State. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. [Fourteen essays by various scholars on conflicts between the Amish and the state including topics such as Social Security, education, health care, and conscription.]
Kraybill, Donald B. and Kyle Kopko. “Bush Fever: Amish and Old Order Mennonites in the 2004 Presidential Election.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 81, no. 2 (April 2007): 165-205.
Health and Medical Care
Kaiser, Grace H. Dr. Frau: A Woman Doctor Among the Amish. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1986. [The personal account of a physician who delivered babies in Amish homes in the Lancaster settlement.]
Kraybill, Donald B., ed. The Amish and the State. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. [See Chapter 9, “Health Care,” by Gertrude Enders Huntington.]
Lehman, Elton. Housecalls and Hitching Posts. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2006. [The personal account of a physician who provided care for Amish families in Ohio.]
McKusick, Victor. Medical Genetic Studies of the Amish: Selected Papers, Assembled with Commentary. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1978. [The classic work on genetic studies related to the Amish.]
Wenger, A. Frances Zimmerman. The Phenomenon of Care in a High Context Culture: The Old Order Amish. Detroit: Wayne State University, 1988). [A doctoral dissertation on health care from a cultural perspective rather than a medical-genetics perspective.]
Luthy, David. *The Amish in America: Settlements that Failed, 1840–1960. Aylmer, ON: Pathway Publishers, 1986. [An authoritative historical description of 100 Amish settlements that failed over a 120-year period.]
Nolt, Steven M. A History of the Amish. rev ed. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2003. [The best authoritative source on Amish history from their origins in 1693.]
Pratt, Dorothy O. Shipshewana: An Indiana Amish Community. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2004. [This history of the Amish in northern Indiana focuses mostly on the period 1910–1945.]
Reschly, Steven D. The Amish on the Iowa Prairie, 1840 to 1910. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. [A historian’s account of the early Amish settlements in Iowa.]
Roth, John D., ed. and trans. Letters of the Amish Division: A Sourcebook. Goshen, IN: Mennonite Historical Society, 1993. [The best translation and commentary on the correspondence surrounding the Amish division in 1693.]
Yoder, Paton. Tradition and Transition: Amish Mennonites and Old Order Amish, 1800–1900. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1991. [An account of the tumultuous years in the last half of the nineteenth century that led to the formation of the “Old Order” Amish when many Amish assimilated into Mennonite churches.]
Blank, Benuel S. *The Amazing Story of the Ausbund. Sugarcreek, OH: Carlisle Press, 2001. [An Amish man’s account of the importance of the Ausbund in Amish life and history.]
Songs of the Ausbund: History and Translations of Ausbund Hymns. 2 vols. Millersburg, OH: Ohio Amish Library, 1998 and 2011. [English translations and interpretation of selected hymns from the Ausbund.]
Seifert, Lester W. J. A Word Atlas of Pennsylvania German, edited by Mark L. Louden, et al. Madison, WI: Max Kade Institute for German American Studies, 2001. [Shows language use patterns in various settlements and includes an important essay by Louden on the development of Pennsylvania German.]
Media and Tourism
Weaver-Zercher, David. The Amish in the American Imagination. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2001. [Shows how Americans view the Amish and how those images function in popular culture.]
Weaver-Zercher, David, and Diane Zimmerman Umble, eds. The Amish and the Media. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2008. [Essays on the Amish in popular culture including film, news, and literature and also Amish-developed media in their own culture.]
Clark, Allen B. This is Good Country: A History of the Amish of Delaware, 1915–1988. Gordonville, PA: Gordonville Print Shop, 1988. [An informal history of the Amish of Delaware.]
Dawley, Richard Lee. Amish in Wisconsin. New Berlin, WI: Amish Insight, 2003. [An anecdotal journal about various Amish communities.]
Gingerich, Orland. The Amish of Canada. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1972. [An account of the first Amish settlements in Canada and later migrations from the United States.]
Huntington, G. E. Amish in Michigan. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2001. [An overview of Amish life in Michigan by an anthropologist.]
Hurst, Charles E., and David L. McConnell. An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World's Largest Amish Community. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Unversity Press, 2010. [A wide-ranging analysis of the Holmes County (Ohio) Amish settlement.]
Johnson-Weiner, Karen. New York Amish: Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010.
Meyers, Thomas J. and Steven M. Nolt. An Amish Patchwork: Indiana’s Old Orders in the Modern World. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2005. [An in-depth overview of the Amish of Indiana.]
Miller, Levi. Our People: The Amish and Mennonites of Ohio. 3rd ed. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2004. [An introduction to the Amish and Mennonite communities by an author who grew up in an Amish family.]
Schwieder, Elmer, and Dorothy Schwieder. A Peculiar People: Iowa’s Old Order Amish. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1975. [An introduction to the Amish of Iowa in the mid-twentieth century.]
Trollinger, Susan L. Selling the Amish: The Tourism of Nostalgia. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.
Yoder, Joseph W. Rosanna of the Amish. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1995. [A description of the religious, social, and economic traditions and customs of the Amish within the story of Rosanna McGonegal Yoder, an Irish-Catholic child raised by an Amish woman.]
Kraybill, Donald B. Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
Kraybill, Donald B., and Carl D. Bowman. On the Backroad to Heaven: Old Order Hutterites, Mennonites, Amish, and Brethren. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. [A comparative analysis of how four Old Order groups maintain their cultural identity in the face of modern society.]
Kraybill, Donald B., and C. Nelson Hostetter. Anabaptist World USA, Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2001. [A sweeping overview of more than fifty Anabaptist-related groups in the United States including various Amish groups.]
Kraybill, Donald B., and James Hurd. Horse and Buggy Mennonites: Hoofbeats of Humility in a Postmodern World. State College, PA: Penn State University Press, 2006. [Describes the cultural values and social organization of an Old Order Mennonite group similar to the Amish.]
Scott, Stephen M. An Introduction to Old Order and Conservative Mennonite Groups. Intercourse, PA: Good Books 1996. [Describes a wide variety of “near-Amish” groups.]
Yoder, Elmer. The Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship of Churches. Hartville, OH: Diakonia Ministries, 1987. [A comprehensive introduction to the car-driving Beachy Amish churches.]
Dordrecht Confession of Faith. Aylmer, ON: Pathway Publishers, 1976. [The eighteen articles of the Dordrecht Confession were written in 1632 by Mennonites in the Dutch City of Dordrecht. The confession is printed in many Amish publications and used for instruction of baptismal candidates.]
Kraybill, Donald B., Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher. Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007. [Describes certain Amish religious beliefs in the context of the Amish forgiveness story that followed the shooting of schoolgirls at Nickel Mines.]
Kraybill, Donald B., Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher. The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. [Explores Amish spirituality as it touches all areas of Amish life.]
Kraybill, Donald B., and Marc A. Olshan, eds. The Amish Struggle with Modernity. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1994. [Contains essays on social change, technology, education, businesses, tourism, and gender.]
Kraybill, Donald B., and Steven M. Nolt. Amish Enterprise; From Plows to Profits. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. [See chapters 6 and 7 for discussions of technology in the development and operation of Amish businesses.]
Scott, Stephen M., and Kenneth Pellman. Living Without Electricity. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2000. [A description of technology practices among Amish groups.]
Umble, Diane Zimmerman. Holding the Line: The Telephone in Amish Mennonite and Amish Life. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1996. [A historical account of Amish and Mennonite resistance to the telephone, from a communications perspective.]
Stevick, Richard A. Growing Up Amish: The Teenage Years. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. [A balanced description of Amish youth including chapters on Rumspringa, courtship, and weddings in various Amish settlements.]
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