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The United States is composed of the gathering of many diverse and unique cultures. I will be uncovering the life of the Amish and African Americans. With each culture there is religion. With each religion there is a different way of life. Many of the culture share characteristics such as maintaining their way of life, therefore maintaining their religion. “They also share the characteristic to thrive and endure through mans natural curiosity and manipulation of nature.” Centerwall,. (1984) Although no two cultures are identical, it is; although difficult to distinguish them from merely visualization. I think that it is in every culture to spring forth from the majority and develop a form that is unique to their lifestyle preferences. For example, Muslim people are primarily from a hot dry climate. “With this being true, then why is it that as a culture they dress heavy in clothing with robing and things of the sort.” Centerwall,. (1984) I feel cultures do this in order to establish cultural identity.


The Amish, who are also called “The Plain People” or Old Order Amish, originated in Switzerland in approximately 1525. They originated from a movement called the Anabaptist movement. Jacom Amman was the leader. This happened during the reformation in the16th Century Europe. They believed in holding on to traditions and keeping themselves separated from the world. He was stricter about this than other Anabaptists of that time. The Anabaptists were against the union of church and state and also against infant baptism. They felt that each individual should make this choice for himself when he or she is old enough. They felt the age for baptism was about 18 years. This disagreed with the laws of the time. It was illegal to be baptized as an adult in the 16th century. Many Anabaptists died backing up their beliefs. They also held their worship services in their homes instead of in a church. Many organizations fought them because of their beliefs, from the government to the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches.


The Amish once belonged to the Mennonites, who were named after Menno Simons, a Dutch Anabaptist leader. The Mennonites were persecuted in their native country, Holland and fled to Switzerland.
Later, in 1693, there was a split from the Swiss “Mennonite” Brethren in 1693. This split occurred mainly because of the practices of foot washing and avoidance. Today there is no organized Amish movement in Europe.


“During the late 17th century, they separated themselves because of what they perceived as a lack of discipline among the Mennonites.” Helder,1990 Some Amish began to migrate to Pennsylvania in the 18th century. Other groups settled in or spread to New York, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri ...

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