Religion: AAA & Amishmen

The brown Pennsylvania earth was stirring gently last week and the skunk cabbages were popping up by the brooksides, but the Amish Mennonite farmers of Lancaster County were not made happy by the first touch of spring. Plain-dressed, plain-thinking folk, they were faced with a vexing question before they could begin to cultivate their fields. Amishmen, unlike members of other Mennonite sects, do not sign contracts. An Amishman's word is as good as another's bond. Yet contracts were waiting for them to sign as part of AAA's crop-reduction program.

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