Oct 22, 2020
After the Fire: The Destruction of the Lancaster County Amish
Posted by Randy-Michael Testa Robert Coles John A. Hostetler

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is best known for its abundantly productive farmland and for the Amish and other Plain People who have made their home there since colonial times Now both of these unique features are in danger of being permanently destroyed The Garden Spot of America loses than 20 acres of farmland every day to accelerated development And the AmiLancaster County, Pennsylvania is best known for its abundantly productive farmland and for the Amish and other Plain People who have made their home there since colonial times Now both of these unique features are in danger of being permanently destroyed The Garden Spot of America loses than 20 acres of farmland every day to accelerated development And the Amish, with a population that has doubled in the past 20 years and little land left to farm, tired of living in a fish bowl for five million tourists a year, and frustrated by changing regulations, are moving out They are going to Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana anywhere to get away from Amish Country Randy Testa initially traveled to Lancaster County in the summer of 1988 to research his dissertation, never intending to become involved personally in county affairs But living with an Amish family that summer he saw firsthand the trials they faced constant streams of gawking tourists, the daily paving over of rich farmland, and the greed and complicity of local officials Realizing that the quiet, nonresistant Amish would not fight against these destructive influences, Testa felt called to speak out on their behalf.Thus began the continuing moral journey that is at the heart of After the Fire It is a story of family and farming, community and faith, morality as practiced by the Amish in daily life And, ultimately, it is about our own world, for as Testa writes, we m

  • Title: After the Fire: The Destruction of the Lancaster County Amish
  • Author: Randy-Michael Testa Robert Coles John A. Hostetler
  • ISBN: 9780874516470
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • After the Fire The Destruction of the Lancaster County Amish Lancaster County Pennsylvania is best known for its abundantly productive farmland and for the Amish and other Plain People who have made their home there since colonial times Now both of these uniqu

    Andrea

    This book is both a personal account of the author s summer living and working among the Amish in Lancaster County, and an expose of the economic growth of Lancaster County and its impact on the Amish As someone who is a native to Pennsylvania and who has ancestors from Lancaster County as well as several in laws living in Lancaster and York Counties I was taken aback by the book s didactic nature The book portrays the Amish as pitted against the local English non Amish The former wishing to pre [...]


    JanieR.

    excellent



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