239 Days Website: A Fountain of Information on ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s North American Trip
In our April 2012 issue we mentioned the website 239 Days in America as an excellent source of information about the some seven months (April 11 through December 5, 1912) that ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s spent traveling from coast to coast in the United States and Canada. Now that we are a few weeks into the 100th anniversary of the Master’s visit, it is time to revisit the site.
239 Days (http://239days.com) bills itself as a social media documentary in real time. Every day it posts a new essay, together with links on Facebook, excerpted quotations on Twitter, and historical photographs. The result is fascinating look at ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s historic trip and a glimpse into the social and political world of 1912—a world that was interested in what ‘Abdu’l-Baha had to say and that watched carefully what He did.
The day we wrote this article, it was Day 48. The featured article was an essay about the movers and shakers in the U.S. peace movement, which provides context for the several talks ‘Abdu’l-Baha gave on peace.
Day 47 summarized ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s first month and a half in the United States, with links to highlights of those weeks.
239days is edited by Jonathan Menon with a staff of some nine people.
It is not too late to “read” yourself up to the present time and to be surprised, again, about what ‘Abdu’l-Baha discussed in His travels and what the social and political climate in 1912 was like.