Kinship Concealed: Amish-Mennonite and African-American Family Connections

Sharon Cranford and Dwight Roth

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Based on the lives of two real Amish brothers, Jacob and John Mast, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1750, this book traces their descendants throughout the 18th and 19th century based on oral history, historical documents, and historical imagination as written by co-authors African-American Sharon Cranford and Anglo-American Dwight Roth. At age 20, John Mast moved to North Carolina, left the Amish and within two generations his progeny became slaveholders. Jacob and his descendants stayed Amish Mennonite and lived in the area of Morgantown and Elverson, PA. (234pp. illus. Masthof Press, 2018.)

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