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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12 Honoré Jaxon was quick to defend those on trial, and, in one case, was involved in a vigorous letter-writing campaign to President Theodore Roosevelt. The President replied to just one letter, that of Honoré Jaxon (D. Smith, ...
They appear, however, in a letter from Mrs. E.A. Magee to Mr. Randall, 3 November 1917, AL. 21 She appears in a photograph ... 23 One of these letters is found in “Tablets from Abdul-Bahá” (Star of the West, 2 March 1917: 192- 93).
She, too, received a letter from 'Abdu'1-Bahá (Star of the West, 19 April 1919, p. 29).13 Emma Carmichael's brother-in-law, Colonel David Spence, was also a Bahá'í in Brantford. Spence's involvement with the new religion remains a ...
May Maxwell herself said he became a “confirmed Bahá'í” in 1914 (Letter from May Maxwell to Annie Savage, 31 August 1914, NBAC). Martha MacBean is, however, also considered to be the first Bahá'í in Montreal ([“Notes on Montreal Bahá'í ...
20 Letter from Lua Getsinger to Elsie Pomeroy, n.d., RSP. 21 The biographical account of May Maxwell's life is taken from a variety of sources, including Holley (1942). 22 One is reminded, however, of scholarly work that has dealt with ...
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