The Pennsylvania Dutch

The Pennsylvania Dutch

The Pennsylvania Dutch

The Pennsylvania Dutch

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The Pennsylvania Dutch is the story of a people, of their past and of their present, and of the qualities that set them off from their neighbors. To a surprisingly complete degree the Pennsylvania Dutch are unlike their fellow Americans. The language they spoke for nearly two centuries, and that some of them speak to this very day, was and is different. Their religions, for the most part, are different. Their barns and sometimes their houses, their way of farming, the way they cook their food: these are different too. Their clothing, their wagons, their horses, their guns, their pottery, their china--in the past, at least--all were different; even their proverbs, their prayers, and their lullabies were different. Theirs was a way of life that differed from that of the rest of America not in one or two but literally in scores of ways.

In the melting pot of America they retained their individuality. Their strong concentration in a relatively small area enabled this people to . . .

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