The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 2010 M10 30 - 368 pages
What binds together Louis Riel’s former secretary, a railroad inventor, a Montreal comedienne, an early proponent of Canada’s juvenile system and a prominent Canadian architect? Socialists, suffragists, musicians, artists—from 1898 to 1948, these and some 550 other individual Canadian Bahá’ís helped create a movement described as the second most widespread religion in the world.
Using diaries, memoirs, official reports, private correspondence, newspapers, archives and interviews, Will C. van den Hoonaard has created the first historical account of Bahá’ís in Canada. In addition, The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948 clearly depicts the dynamics and the struggles of a new religion in a new country.
This is a story of modern spiritual heroes—people who changed the lives of others through their devotion to the Bahá’í ideals, in particular to the belief that the earth is one country and all of humankind are its citizens.
Thirty-nine original photographs effectively depict persons and events influencing the growth of the Bahá’í movement in Canada.
The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948 makes an original contribution to religious history in Canada and provides a major sociological reference tool, as well as a narrative history that can be used by scholars and Bahá’ís alike for many years to come.
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But it was probably Harriet Magee who first heard of the Bahá'í Faith at the Art Institute of Chicago.3 Ninety-nine years later, in 1992, the Bahá'í community of Canada marked the 100th anniversary of the passing of Bahá'u'lláh ...
This process allowed me to be more confident about the research findings, forestalling ethical problems later on. I later convened several groups of people whom I had interviewed, and shared with them sections of the manuscript that ...
There, as city editor, first of the Tribune and later of the Inter-Ocean, he quickly gained prominence in his journalistic career. He had covered the American Civil War and was one of two journalists to accompany General Sherman on his ...
Like many other Canadians who came to the movement later, she would contribute to the development of the Green Acre Bahá'í School in Eliot, Maine (Stockman, 1985:36-37). Among the close circle of friends of Thornton Chase, ...
William Jackson's own background seems a far cry from his later involvement with Louis Riel, a Catholic Métis who stood up for the rights of the most dispossessed of Canadian society.8 He was raised in a village in Ontario as the son of ...
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The Origins of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
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