Amish Diversity and Identity: Transformations in 20th Century America

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Photo of an Amish family walking down a road
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An Amish family walking down a road.

Courtesy of Shinya Suzuki

Known for their simple clothing, plain lifestyle, and horse-and-buggy mode of transportation, Amish communities continually face outside pressures to modify their cultural patterns, social organization, and religious world view. An intimate portrait of Amish life, The Amish explores not only the emerging diversity and evolving identities within this distinctive American ethnic community, but also its transformation and geographic expansion.