A Nineteenth century ethnic group trying to survive economically in a twentieth century world
The purpose of this research project was to identify how the Amish, living a nineteenth century lifestyle, survive in a world filled with technology and mechanization. It was hoped that such a project would help other communities understand that these two diverse groups of people can live and work together. The Research identified various views about the Amish and their presence near the community of Cashton, Wisconsin, held by members of the Cashton community. The majority of those interviewed accept the Amish for who they are. They respect the people and their ways. There were a few residents interviewed who opposed having the Amish living near them for various reasons. The research also identified that those interviewed believe that the Amish have had both a positive and negative impact on the businesses of Cashton. According to the interviewees, the businesses that have profited from the Amish are the feed elevator, grocery store, banks, and the cheese factory. Businesses that have lost revenue because of the Amish include the automobile dealers, appliance store, electric company, and the local taverns. It is hoped that the results of this research project could give other communities with Amish neighbors ideas of how relations between the two groups could be improved.
Amish -- Wisconsin -- Cashton