Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. ix

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Series Editor's Foreword

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pp. xi-xii

With Mennonites in Texas: The Quiet in the Land, photojournalist Laura L. Camden and documentary photographer Susan Gaetz join other authors in the Sam Rayburn Series on Rural Life, providing an informative and enjoyable view of two rural communities in Texas. Camden and Gaetz have photographed two different ...

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Foreword

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pp. xiii-xv

Laura Camden and Susan Gaetz spent more than a year studying and photographing the Mennonite settlements in Lott and Seminole for their master's theses at the University of Texas. Their interest in the Mennonites grew out of their family histories. They wanted to know more about these people who work so hard to achieve "simplicity" ...

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Preface

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pp. xvii-xix

Our experience among the Mennonites of Lott and Seminole was a wonderful, enlightening opportunity for both of us. We gained an appreciation for and an understanding of a unique and growing culture that many Texans know very little about. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-12

In a state known for its size and pride, a people known for understatement stands out. They are not numerous in the wide expanse of Texas, but when the plainly dressed Mennonites enter a store, walk down a sidewalk, or pass through an airport waiting area, heads turn to watch them. Ours did. ...

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A Spiritual Journey

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pp. 13-24

THE MENNONITES in North America are a relatively familiar, yet often misunderstood, group within the larger society that both surrounds and includes them. In that regard, they have much in common with other minority communities that are identifiable by any one of a number of racial, ethnic, spiritual, or other characteristics. ...

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Building a West Texas Home

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pp. 25-34

IT DOESN'T LOOK much like the promised land, these desolate High Plains of West Texas, dotted with natural gas wells and inhabited by rattlesnakes and jackrabbits. Red dirt piles up against fences alongside flat blacktopped roads used only by occasional pickup trucks. But for thousands of hard-working Mennonites ...

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pp. 35-60

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Colonizing the Texas Prairies

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pp. 61-74

ABOUT 450 MILES southeast of Seminole, the tiny town of Lott, population 750, hunkers down on a grassy, windswept area of Central Texas known as the Blackland Prairies. The area is a patchwork of cattle herds, pecan trees, and cotton and corn fields, and its pioneer heritage suits the Beachy Amish Mennonite ...

Images

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pp. 75-102

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Photographers' Afterword: In Search of Simpler Times

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pp. 103-112

THIS BOOK is the first of its kind in Texas. Giving glimpses into the everyday life of two Texas Mennonite communities, the combined images come from two separate, long-term photographic studies that began as master's theses at the University of Texas - Austin. We conducted our studies independently. ...

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The Act of Witnessing Ordinary Dreams

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pp. 113-116

WE LIVE IN AN ENVIRONMENT dense with visual imagery. Much of this abundance is directed toward the selling of products or the creation of visual fodder for the celebrity-obsessed public. A far smaller portion of contemporary image making deals with documentary-style photography, and much of this deals with images ...

Bibliography

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pp. 117-118

Index

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pp. 119-123