A Visit to the Amish in America



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The Amish are a denomination of Anabaptists, found primarily in the United States and Canada, noted for their restrictions on the use of modern devices such as automobiles and electricity. The Amish are a tight-knit religious and ethnic group of overwhelmingly Swiss-German ancestry. They do not proselytise or generally accept converts. The Amish are divided into dozens of separate and conflicting fellowships. They do not vote, join the military, draw Social Security or accept any form of assistance from the government. They are nonresistant and rarely defend themselves physically or even in court; in wartime, they take conscientious objector status.