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Amish, The 1x112

The Amish first migrated to the United States more than 200 years ago and created a community built on the belief that worldliness not only prevents closeness to God, but also introduces influences that are destructive to Amish families and their way of life. Living far outside the cultural mainstream, they have managed not only to survive, but to thrive. During the last century, their numbers have grown from 5,000 scattered across a handful of states, to more than 200,000 in 25 states, with less than five percent of those followers earning their income from farming. Drawing upon the success of The Mormons, The Amish will intercut historical analysis with contemporary footage to provide an unprecedented look at this highly private, little understood, and utterly unique community whose beliefs raise important questions about religious liberty in American life.