By N. Mottahedeh

This edited quantity of particularly commissioned essays written for the anniversary of `Abdu'l-Baha's trip to the United States 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 significant early figures within the African-American civil rights circulate.

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24. Kling, Alice Pike Barney, 185. 25. Afroukhteh, Memories, 316. 26. Kling, Alice Pike Barney, 169. 27. Afroukhteh, Memories, 314. 28. Laura Barney letter to her mother, dated July 4, from Tehran, Iran, from Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney Collection at the National Bahá’í Archives of the United States, Evanston, IL, United States. Also Usku’i, Tarikh Adharbayjan—Mss A, Part 1, Section 4, 85–86. Hippolyte Dreyfus adopted the last name of Dreyfus-Barney after her marriage to Laura Barney. The two names will be used interchangeably.

Thonon-les-Bains and Geneva The first place `Abdu’l-Bahá visited in Europe was a small city situated on Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) in France called Thonon-les-Bains. ”66 This was `Abdu’l-Bahá’s first time outside the Middle East and on the European continent. 67 Thompson had visited `Abdu’l-Bahá in Acre in 1909 and had moved to Paris to study the arts. She had heard about the Bahá’í Faith from Laura Barney in the United States. 69 `Abdu’l-Bahá also traveled to Geneva. 72 During this trip and in Thonon-les-Bains, `Abdu’l-Bahá had an entourage of four Persian men who traveled with him.

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. 114. Kling, Alice Pike Barney, 234–35. 115. Parsons, `Abdu’l-Bahá in America, 65. 116. Ahmad Sohrab, “With `Abdu’l-Bahá’ in London,” Star of the West, vol.

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