Land, piety, peoplehood: the establishment of Mennonite by Richard K. MacMaster

By Richard K. MacMaster

Richard okay. MacMaster follows the Mennonite migration to the recent international and analyzes the commercial, social, political, and non secular forces that drove those humans out of the previous international.

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In return Lensen promised to clear eight acres of the land and work for Streypers twelve days each year during the eight years. Streypers had a son, Leonard, who also emigrated, and who wanted to learn weaving. So the landlord contracted further to lend Lensen "a linen-weaving stool with 3 combs... " 44 The Concord sailed, with perhaps forty or fifty Krefelders aboard. On October 6, 1683, it anchored at Philadelphia and deposited fifty or more passengers from Germany onto American soil: the group from Krefeld, plus ten who accompanied Francis Daniel Pastorius, a Pietist and agent for a German syndicate known as the Frankfort Land Company, which was interested in Pennsylvania lands.

At a meeting in Germantown in 1688 Garrett Hendricks, Dirk op den Graeff, Abraham op den Graeff, and Pastorius drafted and signed a most remarkable document. Already twenty-five years earlier, the reformer Plockhoy and his "25 Mennonist families" from Amsterdam had rejected human bondage for their colony on the Delaware. Now Henrdricks, the op den Graeffs, and Pastorius produced one of the earliest and clearest antislavery statements in American history--and indeed in the whole history of Page 43 slavery's abolition in Western culture.

The new village disappeared (although apparently some Dutch-named persons declared allegiance to the British and stayed). 35 Germantown was the scene of the first Mennonite settlement in America that became permanent. Rather than being a radical experiment, that colony grew out of Mennonites' following normal lines of trade, empire, and migra- Page 32 Site of short-lived 1663-64 Plockhoy settlement, near present-day Horekill, Delaware. (Jan Gleysteen collection) tion. Established in 1683, it also came to reflect the religious compl exity of European Mennonitism, including a strong admixture of Quakerism.

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