Explores seven distinctive American religious communities which derived from Judaism, Christianity, or Islam; included are Amish, Shakers, Mormons, Catholic Workers, Nation of Islam, Lubavitcher Hasidim, and Quakers.
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Grade 6 Up?Andryszewski looks at seven religious groups?Old Order Amish, Shakers, Mormons, Catholic Workers, Nation of Islam, Lubavitcher Hasidim, and Quakers?and discusses the unique role each played, or continues to play, in American culture. While series such as "The American Religious Experience" (Watts) offer in-depth coverage of the Mormons and the Amish, information on Catholic Workers or Hasidism on this level is harder to find. The author discusses how each community was formed and its leaders. She also incorporates current issues, such as the Quaker response to 20th-century conflicts and the '95 Million Man March. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions show the groups' adherence to out-of-the ordinary existences, but some are out of focus or poorly reproduced. While the information is accurate, Andryszewski's treatment is a bit idiosyncratic. Some chapters conclude with the group's contributions to American life (one of the stated theses); however, "Mormons" devotes 6 out of 14 pages to women in its social structure and concludes with Sonia Johnson's quote about church patriarchy and her joy in being excommunicated. Clearly sympathetic to the place of women, the author occasionally editorializes. For a comprehensive, objective overview of these denominations, students will need to supplement their reading; however, this title offers fascinating perspectives not found in other sources.?Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
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Book Description Millbrook Press, 1997. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Brand new never read hardback book with dustjacket,very clean. Bookseller Inventory # LR40C463