20th Century Amish

The Amish are a conservative Christian group that came to the United States starting in the mid-1700s seeking religious freedom. They came mostly from Switzerland and Germany and settled on farms primarily in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Ohio. From the mid-nineteenth century on, Amish women made quilts for personal use, dowries, and gifts - focusing on their practical value rather than their artistry. They continue to make the quilts today, often specifically for sale.
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