Mennonites in American Society, 1930-1970: Modernity and the Persistence of Religious Community

Book, 1996, 448 pp
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Paul Toews, in this fourth and final volume of the Mennonite Experience in America series, examines ways progressive Mennonites have slowed their absorption into American culture through creating institutional systems, refining and rearticulating ideologies, building ecumenical alliances, and developing a service and missional activism.

Meanwhile, the Amish have formed a creative set of adaptive strategies that permit economic integration and social isolation.

Wars were common throughout 1930-1970 and posed serious challenges to these peaceable peoples. Though somewhat shaken, Mennonites and Amish were able to surmount crises to become a more visible and respected people than ever before during their more than 300 years in America.
"In this volume a gifted historian of ideas, Paul Toews, offers rich interpretive insights on the journey of a people through a traumatic period of lows and highs. . . . It tells of a people who for three centuries both resisted and yielded to the conformist pressures of American society." --Robert Kreider in the Series Introduction

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