Another America: The Plain People of Pennsylvania



The farmlands of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country are among the most productive in the nation. Many of the farmers here are different from most Americans – different by choice. They are the Amish and Mennonites, also known as the Plain People. The Amish trace their heritage back hundreds of years, and yet, despite all the time that has passed and the many changes that have taken place in society, they still live and work much as their forefathers did. For the Amish people, family, farm and faith are top priorities. The Amish are devout in their faith, believing in a literal interpretation and application of Scripture as the Word of God. They take the Biblical commands to separate themselves from the rest of the world. They believe worldliness can keep them from being close to God, and can introduce influences that could be destructive to their communities and to their way of life.
Today, there are over 25 different Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren church groups in Lancaster County, all holding to slightly different traditions and their own interpretations of the Bible. The more traditional groups are called old-order Amish and do not permit electricity or telephones in their homes. But young people in the faith feel the pressures of the outside world, some decide to leave the Amish and are shunned or excommunicated by their families. They must decide whether they want to join mainstream America or live a life separate from the world.

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11 comments

  1. Soo many errors in the program, the Amish isn’t a sect, Pennsylvanian German isn’t a language but a dialect and not showing faces is a reflection of scriptural belief and not a choice or being anti social

  2. You got ONE woman's story of "escaping" amish life. Assuming that's everyone's experience is wrong.

  3. Ought to have been more in-depth; could even had been produced to two or three episodes. For instance, ex-Amish organised communities, like those which exist in Columbia, challenges faced by the ex-Amish, the way changes crept into Amish, legal issues faced by the Amish, etc. are not covered by this documentary.

  4. I’m 53 years old and have lived in Lancaster County Pennsylvania USA all my life, don’t believe all this propaganda…don’t take my word either…do fact checking

  5. Those r the US-Americans that I'll never be able to critizice, no matter how much terror and pain their government is spreadin around the world.

  6. Hey MashaAllah they have beards like muslims and there womens have headscarfs like muslim womens do.. means they realy follow there religion

  7. This is how Christians used to live with the Muslims and Jews together before a certain pope gave mandate to war leading to the Knight Templar until nowaday.

  8. Amish and Mennonite culture and their way of life is a world heritage. They live the most beautiful lifesyle. Amish/Mennonite you here for a reason. Thank you432

  9. Hey Amish dude, your windshield is plastic. Do know what the carbon footprint is on that? Probably not.

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