Day 68

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

Highlights from the second month of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey through America.

Portrait of 'Abdu'l-Bahá by F. Soulé-Campbell. National Bahá'í Archives

Day 68
June 17, 1912 new york, ny

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

Highlights from the second month of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s journey through America.

‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ HAS BEEN in America for a little over two months now. We thought we’d take this opportunity to look back at some of the highlights of the previous few weeks.

In “The Smell of Blood Upon Us” and The Good Shepherds we continued our series on the peace movement in America. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá has become a regular fixture in a network of leaders who shape the movement.

The Presidential Election Gathers Steam marked the beginning of a new series covering the 1912 presidential election. We’ll continue to explore this story right through to election day on November 5.

On June 2, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá returned to Percy Stickney Grant’s Church of the Ascension to host a question and answer session at the ‘People’s Forum.’ Percy Stickney Grant Doubles Down on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Superstition, Tradition, Mystery, and Confusion were both popular articles.

On Day 57, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá asked New York portrait painter Juliet Thompson, Can You Paint Me in a Half Hour? (The answer was no.)

‘Abdu’l-Bahá then travelled to Philadelphia – the City of Brotherly Love – that began as a Holy Experiment and became the home of Benjamin Franklin, the Declaration of Independence, and the remarkable preacher Russell Conwell. In Acres of Diamonds ‘Abdu’l-Bahá addressed an audience of 2,500 at Conwell’s Baptist Temple on the source of human enlightenment.

A pair of features – News, Insight, and Shredded Wheat and the slightly less edible Along the Color Line – looked at the coverage of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s trip that began to appear in popular magazines starting in June.

Finally, we published a trio of features – The Handsomest Young Man in Baghdad, I Was Tired So I Slept, and “Put Us In a Steamer and Drown Us” – looking back at ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s youth.