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This edited quantity of in particular commissioned essays written for the anniversary of `Abdu'l-Baha's trip to the USA tells the tale of this former prisoner's interactions with the white top echelon of yank society in addition to his impression at the lives and writings of vital early figures within the African-American civil rights circulation.
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Stockman `Abdu’l-Bahá Abbás’s eight-month visit to North America took him to at least 50 localities in 15 states and the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, Canada. Because his North American trip followed an earlier European visit (Aug. 22−Dec. 2, 1911), when `Abdu’l-Bahá arrived in New York he was already basically familiar with the West and had a routine. He would establish himself in a hotel or, ideally, a rented house, so that he would have the space to provide hospitality and the freedom to welcome people of all races.
136 Their last visit with `Abdu’l-Bahá was in 1921. 138 They left for Haifa in February 1922 to be with his grandson, Shoghi Effendi, who became head of the Bahá’í community as its Guardian. 139 She lost her mother with whom she had stayed in constant contact all her life three years later. Thus, she had lost the two people that were closest to her, whom she loved and admired. According to someone who knew Laura, it must have been very difficult for her in Paris after the passing of her husband.
Harlan Foster Ober,” in Memoriam, The Bahá’í World, 1954–1963, vol. 13, 866. 109. , 867. 110. The second visit took place from May 8–11, 1912. The third visit was November 6–11, 1912. 111. Afroukhteh, Memories, 344. 112. Parsons, `Abdu’l-Bahá in America, 61. 113. Kling, Alice Pike Barney, 234–35. This home was perhaps Neighborhood House, a charity that Alice Barney had selected to support that would provide a model for the development of cultural awareness among blue-collar workers. In 1933, the House was renamed Barney Neighborhood House.