PENNSYLVANIA: Exodus?

The God-fearing Mennonites of Pennsylvania decided that it was God's country no longer: they would migrate to South America.

Ever since they left Germany two and a half centuries ago, the Mennonites have farmed the rich land of Lancaster County, Pa. They are simple folk, and simplicity is the heart of their religion. They do not believe in war or violence. The strictest Mennonites do not believe in self-decoration; buttons are taboo, and so are pictures. They do not believe in getting mixed up with their nonbelieving neighbors.

They had begun to murmur when the State took away their plain little...

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