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The Amish: A People of Preservation

Film by John Ruth
Produced by John Ruth
Cinematographer: Burton Buller
Editing: Nicholas Spies
Copyright: Heritage Productions
54 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1975
Distributor: Amazon
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The Amish keep surprising their technology-programmed neighbors by keeping alive ways and beliefs that many modern Americans wish they could recapture. Mennonite historian John Ruth takes us sympathetically into the Amish mindset.

Dr. John A. Hostetler, author of The Amish Society, comments on the survival of an alternative to the kind of world we have made. As the Amish increase in numbers, some of them migrate from homesteads in Pennsylvania toward more open farmland. Those staying where the land is too crowded to farm have developed an amazing variety of cottage industries. But all such changes are made very carefully, in order not to sacrifice spiritual covenant and community for the sake of convenience.