martes, 21 de abril de 2009

How do you get around without a car? Keep warm without centralized heating?

Living Without Electricity

Stephen Scott and Kenneth Pellman

paperback | 160 pages
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

ISBN10: 093467261X | ISBN13: 9780934672610

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How do the Amish get along without electric lights or appliances, computers, power tools, or their own phones? This book examines the Amish response to technology. Also, the role of invention among the Amish.

This book tells how and why the Amish live without inventions other people take for granted:
--How do you light a room without electricity?
--What do you do for entertainment when you don't have TV?
--How do you get around without a car?
--How do you communicate when you don't have a phone?

Living Without Electricity explains how the Amish cook and store food, pump water, wash clothes, and even run farms and businesses. It describes the practices of other Old Order groups in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and several South American countries.

"Reads quickly because it is written in an entertaining and loving style, but it contains considerable information." — Pennsylvania Magazine

"Living Without Electricity is a factual, unglamorized yet sensitive account of how the Amish live without inventions that most of us in North America take for granted." — Christian Living

"Perhaps its most useful contribution is an explanation of why some labor-saving devices are acceptable to the Old Order while others are not." — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"The strength of this book is the attention given to variation in the use of mechanical power among the Amish through time and from settlement to settlement. The authors document the use or prohibition of devices such as pickup balers, motorized washing machines, and bulk milk tanks. The book also includes many good photographs of these devices." — Mennonite Quarterly Review

"Similarities and differences within groups of Amish and between geographical areas are highlighted. Charts and photographs add interest and information. One is also able to see when various technological changes took place in the larger American society.
      "What becomes clear throughout is that all new inventions are evaluated in terms of their long range effects on the Amish community and in terms of their compatibility with Amish values. The simple joys of working and living together as a family, portrayed by the Amish way of life, hold a great deal of appeal.
      "It is hard to imagine a better written, more widely documented book on the subject of the Amish and technology.
" — Provident BookFinder

1. Why Not Electricity?
2. How Do You Light a Room Without Electricity?
3. Lanterns and Lamps
4. How Do You Cook With a Wood Stove?
5. The Amish Kitchen
6. How Do You Get Hot Water Without an Electric Pump or Heater?
7. Amish Plumbing
8. How Do You Keep Warm Without Centralized Heating?
9. The Home Fires
10. How Can You Wash Clothes Without an Electric Washer and Dryer?
11. Doing the Laundry
12. How Do You Make Clothes Without an Electric Sewing Machine?
13. Tailoring and Sewing
14. What Do You Do for Entertainment If You Don't Have TV?
15. Social Activities
16. How Do You Communicate When You Don't Have a Phone?
17. Staying in Touch
18. How Do You Get Around Without a Car?
19. Transportation
20. How Can You Farm Without a Tractor?
21. Amish Agriculture
22. How Can You Run a Dairy Farm Without Electricity?
23. Milk and Cheese Production
24. How Do You Run a Woodworking Shop Without Electricity?
25. Power For Manufacturing
26. Mennonite and Brethren Practices
A Short History Of the Amish
About the Authors


Stephen Scott became interested in the plain people while a teenager in southwestern Ohio. He moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1969 and later became a member of the Old Order River Brethren.

His books include Plain Buggies: Amish, Mennonites, and Brethren Horse-Drawn Transportation, Why Do They Dress That Way?and The Amish Wedding and Other Special Occasions of the Old Order Communities. He and his wife, Harriet, have three children and live near Columbia, Pennsylvania.

Kenneth Pellman is manager of The People's Place, Intercourse, Pennsylvania, a museum and heritage center about Amish and Mennonite life. He and his wife, Rachel, are the authors of The World of Amish Quilts, Amish Crib Quilts, and Amish Doll Quilts, Dolls, and Other Playthings.

The Pellmans live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with their two sons.

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