MANNERS & MORALS: Communists Turned Capitalists


In seven handsome villages near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, some 1,400 members of one of the nation's strangest sects sat down last week to sausages, hams, homemade cheeses, beer and wine. The Amana Society was celebrating the 100th anniversary of its charter in Iowa, and the neat homes, the television sets, the modern appliances and the new cars all testified to prosperity—a prosperity that Amana has enjoyed since it rejected communism and turned with all its zeal to capitalism nearly 30 years ago.

Like the Hutterites and other German pietist sects, the Amanas came to the U.S. from the Rhineland...

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