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...unity. Regardless of all the divisions within the Amish and Swartzentruber order, this order has managed to grow and spread into 13 states and into Canada. The Swartzentruber are maintaining their extreme traditional beliefs and values, yet managing to develop and grow substantially. Since this community does not rely heavily on the government and state assistance, but on their families and community as a whole, they will most likely continue to thrive in the world. The Swartzentruber see themselves as one of the few groups that still abide by the original Amish practices. People that look at this community consider them “stuck in time” because of the minimal amount of conformity found within the community. This group is an excellent example of a cultural community, because of the influences that produced the group and where the group has progressed from its origin.
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