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Amish residents wave to President George W. Bush (Lancaster, Pa., August 2006)

The Amish are an Anabaptist Christian denomination and part of the Mennonite sect best known for rejecting many modern conveniences such as electricity and automobiles. They dress plainly and live apart from mainstream society and strictly observe the Sabbath. The largest Amish communities are in Pennsylvania. Many Amish people speak Pennsylvania Dutch, a dialect of German.

The group was founded by Jakob Ammann in the 1690s and began to settle in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana beginning in the 18th century.[1]


  1. The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Penguin Group, 1989

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