Potsdam, NY, Sep 29, 2010 — In parts of St. Lawrence County, Amish buggies and horse drawn wagons commonly share the roads with cars and tractor trailers. Failing modern farms have been reclaimed. There are roads that take you back to the 19th century, not just to the next "English" town. The migration to St. Lawrence County, and now parts of Franklin County, began about 35 years ago. Now they are neighbors.
A new book, "New York Amish, Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State," traces the long history of Amish communities in New York, and opens a window on the diversity of the contemporary Amish communities. Martha Foley talks with the author Karen Johnson-Weiner, professor of anthropology at the State University of new York at Potsdam.