PBS’ The American Experience will re-air The Amish on Tuesday, January 28th at 8 p.m. Next week, PBS will premiere The Amish: Shunned on February 4th at 9 p.m.
The Amish draws on the expertise of numerous JHU Press authors, including Donald B. Kraybill, a leading authority on the Amish and editor of the Press’ highly regarded series in Anabaptist and Pietist studies. Filmed over the course of one year, this groundbreaking work features unprecedented access to Amish communities. The film’s producers claim that it is the first documentary to deeply penetrate and explore this attention-averse group.
JHU Press’ companion book, The Amish, is based on twenty-five years of research on Amish history, religion, and culture by Donald B. Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt. Donald Kraybill was one of the interview subjects in PBS’ original documentary, and producers consulted the companion book when filming both The Amish and The Amish: Shunned.
Check back to the blog next week for Karen M. Johnson-Weiner’s explanation of the long-standing Amish practice of shunning.
Here are some notable and bestselling Amish and Anabaptist studies books.
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