Telephone Troubles: Reflections on Diane Umble’s “Sinful Network or Divine Service”

Diane Umble, in her article “Sinful Network or Divine Service: Competing Meanings of the Telephone in Amish Country,” skillfully balances several parallels to illustrate the various reactions to the introduction of the telephone in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, telephone lines rapidly spread throughout Lancaster County. Farmers set up…