IT’S BEEN ALMOST ONE HUNDRED DAYS since we began to explore ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey across America. On April 11, 1912 he arrived in New York, and began to engage Americans in conversation about the issues that confronted the nation, including race, religion, gender, social justice, international peace, and America’s future. We have been telling the story here at 239 Days In America in real time, time-shifted by exactly 100 years.
One thing we’ve learned over the past three months is that 1912 wasn’t all that different from 2012. A fiercely contested election challenged Americans to decide what kind of country they wanted to live in. Minorities and women fought for civil rights. Workers faced off against corporations. American soldiers landed on foreign shores, sparking debate about the nation’s role in the world.
To those of you who have accompanied us on the journey so far, thank you. And if you’re just joining us, welcome!
Now we’d like to invite you to join the conversation. On Thursday, July 20 — ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s 100th day in America — we’ll start asking questions and raising issues for discussion at the bottom of each day’s feature story. The idea is to use our history, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s unique take on America and its place in the world, as a starting point for a dialogue about subjects that matter in 2012.
If you’d like to start reading 239 Days In America from the beginning, we’ve added a banner on our home page. If you would rather just jump to the highlights, here’s a list of what we think are our Top Eleven Daily Features so far (because Top Tens are so overdone):
DAY 1: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Arrives In America
DAY 5: An Arms Dealer Tries To Sell War To ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
DAY 12: Even Though The World Should Go To Smash
DAY 13: This Shining Colored Man
DAY 22: The Trials of Corinne Knight True
DAY 24: Blame It On Religion
DAY 26: The Ultimate Taboo
DAY 34: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Scales “The Gunks”
DAY 46: Baptism By Fire
DAY 69: The Pursuit Of Happiness
DAY 94: Every Child Is Potentially The Light Of The World
Many thanks for accompanying us on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey across America, from all of us here at 239 Days in America.