The Growth of Amish and Plain Anabaptists in Kentucky

Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies

Donnermeyer, Joseph, and Cory Anderson. 2014.


Research Points
  • Presents detailed tables, figures, and maps illustrating population distribution and growth of Old Order Amish, Amish-Mennonite, and other plain Anabaptist settlements and population in Kentucky

  • Migration motivated by suitable rural locations—notably outside the rural areas of metropolitan counties—to support religious ideals and retain farming

  • Population growth fueled by high birth rates, high retention, and schisms in other states (e.g. Virginia) prompting out-migration to Kentucky

  • Case shows how economic factors, such agricultural change like the tobacco buy-out, catalyze ethnic migration and new community formation

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