from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Members of the Mennonites, Amish, or Dunkers, noted for their plain dress and simple style of life.
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People -- the Plain People, the Burgesses, the Grocers -- else of all men the artists are most miserable and their teachings vain.
As for the Plain People, his only Conviction when he surveyed them in the Mass was that every Man-Jack was holding back Money that rightfully belonged to him (Alexander).
But life with the Plain People took a treacherous turn when a string of accidents and pranks threatened her family.
So, they get to looking to the Amish, the Plain People, as role models because they have many kids and are, in general, admired, they begin reading Amish / Mennonite writings, they begin living the way the Plain People do, and there you have it, a movement.