The Pennsylvania Deutsch

October 4, 2013 at 10:17 am 1 comment


October 4th, 2013

A Brief History of the Pennsylvania Dutch

 

 

 

            The Pennsylvania Deutsch, incorrectly coined as the “Pennsylvania Dutch” by early English settlers, migrated in massive numbers from Germany and other countries such as “German speaking Swiss or German speaking refugee French Huguenots”. The majority of these emigrants were seeking religious freedom, as most were one of three religions, belonging to either Amish, Mennonite, or the Brethren, all of which were considered “Anabaptist” beliefs. The Anabaptist beliefs were greatly persecuted across Europe; forcing them to “flee to the mountains of Switzerland and southern Germany. Here began the Amish tradition of farming and holding worship services in homes rather than churches” Around the same time period (early 18th century) Pennsylvania had proven itself as a haven for religious freedom in the New World, specifically for Quakers. This was a great attraction for Deutschmen, and thus many emigrated with a large portion settling in towns such as Lancaster. Consequently, with such large portions of Germans settling in neighboring towns and cities, they had an incredibly strong influence on the heritage of the area; with Lancaster Country now hosting an Amish population of around 30,000 members. Properties of the Amish and Mennonite heritage were thereby passed to modern Pennsylvania, including great weight placed on the importance of Family structure and work ethic. Current-day Lancaster still holds impressively large amounts of Amish-owned farmland and even the modernized restaurants and shops of the tourist-attraction areas possess Amish traits. Traditional Amish meals are served, along with shops containing locally-based products. Unfortunately, the commercializing of the Amish tradition, especially in Pennsylvania, has led to the boundary becoming thinner between true Amish settlers and those simply exploiting the market. And yet, the Amish community of Pennsylvania continues to grow and prosper.

~Sam

 

 

 

 

CITATIONS

 

• Kerchner, Charles F., 30 April, 2008; – http://www.kerchner.com/padutch.htm

• A Beka Books; – United States History: A Christian Perstpective, Heritage of Freedom

• Unknown; – http://www.padutchcountry.com/towns-and-heritage/amish-country/amish-history-and-beliefs.asp

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  • 1. monguinhandel  |  October 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    How many Amish first came over to America

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