239 Days in America

A Social Media Documentary following 'Abdu'l-Bahá in 1912

September 11, 1912
Buffalo, NY
Storify Feature

‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey So Far: Month Five

WE HAVE REACHED the end of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’S fifth month in North America. As he engages the press in Buffalo, New York, we thought we’d take this opportunity to look back at some of the highlights of the past month.


In the last thirty days we completed our coverage of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s time in Dublin, New Hampshire. On Day 123, he presented his argument against the advocates of materialism in On Cows and Materialist Philosophy. On Day 125, we were Listening to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at the Unitarian Church as he delivered a broad message to Dublin’s diverse inhabitants.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá arrived at Green Acre in Eliot, Maine, on Friday, August 16. To a packed house at the Eirenion, the “Hall of Peace,” he spoke about the fallibility of human knowledge in The Methods for Investigating Truth. A two-part feature explored the remarkable life and gender struggles of Green Acre’s founder: The Battles of Sarah J. Farmer and Sarah J. Farmer: One of America’s Great Religious Innovators. A former convict made a life-altering visit to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Fred Mortensen Rides the Rails.

During the month we also published two editorial pieces. Our producer Robert Sockett commented on what he found most surprising about the journey so far in Hand-In-Hand with the Indomitable Kate Carew. Another of our writers, Caitlin Shayda Jones, shared A Few Thoughts on the Potential of Youth.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá returned once again to the Boston area. At Franklin Square House he argued for women’s “superlative capacity” in front of a group of working women in Women’s Work. At the Metaphysical Club in Boston, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá discussed how the abstract notion of oneness can apply in everyday life in The Responsibilities of Oneness.

On the evening of August 30, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá crossed the border into Canada, where he spent ten days in Montreal, Quebec. Highlights of his time in Montreal included: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Tells Canada: “Be Happy!”, Blood Shed Over “Imaginary Lines”, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Montreal’s Socialists, Principles for a Modern Religion, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Montreal’s Not-So-Yellow Press.


  • Anne Perry

    Thanks for the reminders of the stellar posts! Keep them coming–the journey is so interesting!