Baháʼí Faith in the United States
This article is missing information about race unity, social action, relations with organizations (governments, NGOs, etc).December 2017)(
|Part of a series on|
The Baháʼí Faith was first mentioned in the United States in 1893 at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. Soon after, early American converts began embracing the new religion. Thornton Chase was the most prominent among the first American Baha'is and made important contributions to early activities. One of the first Baháʼí institutions in the U.S. was established in Chicago and called the Baháʼí Temple Unity, incorporated in 1909 to facilitate the establishment of the first Baháʼí House of Worship in the West, which was eventually built in Wilmette, Illinois and dedicated in 1953.
ʻAbdu'l-Bahá, head of the Baháʼí Faith after his father (Baha'u'llah, founder of the Faith) died in 1892, visited the United States and Canada in 1912, ultimately reaching some 40 cities from April to December. He spread his father's teachings and consolidated the fledgling western Baháʼí community. After returning from his journey, ʻAbdu'l-Bahá continued corresponding with American Baháʼís, eventually addressing to them a series of letters, or tablets, charging the believers with the task of spreading the religion worldwide. These letters were compiled together in the book Tablets of the Divine Plan. After ʻAbdu'l-Bahá's death in 1921, his grandson Shoghi Effendi became the Guardian of the religion, and continued to encourage and direct the efforts of the American Baháʼí community. In 1925, the first National Spiritual Assembly of the United States was formed in conjunction with the Baháʼís of Canada. In 1936, Shoghi Effendi asked believers to begin the systematic implementation of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá's vision of teaching the Faith worldwide, calling for American pioneers to assist in establishing Baháʼí communities in the republics of Latin America. Later coordinated efforts, such as the Ten Year Crusade from 1953–63, would see American pioneers sent to a wide variety of locations around the globe.
In 1944, it was reported that every state in the United States now had at least one Local Spiritual Assembly, and the national Baháʼí population was estimated at 4,800. As of 2011, official estimates had risen to 175,000 Baháʼís in the 48 contiguous states, with some external estimates as high as 525,000.
The first mention of events related to the history of the religion in the United States appears to be the 1845-6 echo of the Nov 1845 London Times story relating events of the Báb upon return from pilgrimage, whom Baháʼís hold as a direct precursor akin to the relationship between John the Baptist and Jesus. In America this was printed in April 1846 in the Boon Lick Times based on an article in the NY Mirror. A mention in 1850 followed. The first academic paper on the religion was a letter written to the American Oriental Society which was holding its meeting in Boston and the library of materials was held at the Boston Athenæum. The letter was originally published as part of the minutes of the Society in The Literary World of June 14, 1851, as an untitled entry whose first quote is "notice of a singular character, who has for some years past played a prominent part on the stage of Persian life" dated February 10, 1851 by Dr. Rev. Austin H. Wright.:3, 10, 73, 528 It was subsequently also published in a Vermont newspaper June 26, 1851. In 1893 Rev. Henry Harris Jessup addressed the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago with the first mention the Baháʼí Faith itself in the United States - and published in the Chicago Inter Ocean and manuscript. Anton Haddad, the first Baháʼí to come to America was already in the country.
Following Haddad, Ibrahim George Kheiralla came to the US and settled in New York where he began trying to teaching "Truth Seeker" classes. He visited Charles Augustus Briggs and others, as well as the Syrian community in New York however in 1894 Kheiralla moved on to Chicago following the interest fostered by the World's Columbian Exposition's World Parliament of Religions. One of the early converts while Kheiralla was in Chicago was Thornton Chase, who had read the presentation about the Baháʼís at the Exposition, and is generally considered the first Baháʼí convert in the West. Other individuals had converted, but none remained members of the religion. Later students of Kheiralla's included Howard MacNutt, who would later compile The Promulgation of Universal Peace, a prominent collection of the addresses of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá during his journeys in America. Both men were designated as "Disciples of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá" and "Heralds of the Covenant" by Shoghi Effendi.:p122 Another student of the classes and Disciple was Lua Getsinger, designated as the "mother teacher of the West".:p177 Another who "passed" the class and joined the religion was the maverick Honoré Jackson. Kheiralla moved once again, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1895, where a large Baháʼí community soon developed.:p218
In 1898, Kheiralla undertook a Baháʼí pilgrimage to Palestine to meet ʻAbdu'l-Bahá with other American pilgrims, including Phoebe Hearst, Lua Getsinger and joined by May Bolles. Kheiralla began making claims of independent leadership and ʻAbdu'l-Bahá sent, first, Anton Haddad with a letter contesting the definition of leadership, then Khieralla's initial teacher of the religion, ʻAbdu'l-Karím-i-Tihrání, to confront him. The conflict made the newspapers. Ultimately unwilling to follow the leadership of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá, he was declared a Covenant-breaker.:p218
Meanwhile, to the east, Sarah Farmer had founded Green Acre following the enthusiasm of the same Parliament as a summer center of cross-religion gatherings and cultural development. She had success attracting investors, most especially Phoebe Hearst,:p.193 but by the end of 1899 things were in crisis. According to scholar Eric Leigh Schmidt various people involved were trying to take Green Acre in various directions and threatened the shutdown of the programs:pp.199–200 Creditors were nervous, and her business partners had thought to force Farmer to sell out. While her partners were seeking to meet with her, Farmer was a guest already aboard the SS Fürst Bismarck the first week of January 1900. During the voyage Farmer and Wilson met friends and learned they were on the way to see ʻAbdu'l-Bahá and were asked to come along. Wilson was dubious but eventually the ladies changed their plans and went along.:pp.28,32 before leaving for Haifa March 23, 1900.:p.29 After converting to the religion on meeting ʻAbdu'l-Bahá Farmer returned to America and began settings plans for the 1901 session at Green Acre. Mírzá Abu'l-Faḍl, among the most scholarly trained Baháʼís of the time, accompanied Anton Haddad returning to America and arrived for the 1901 season.:p.80 Ali Kuli Khan, to serve as his translator, arrived in the United States in June. They had been sent by ʻAbdu'l-Bahá. The later well-known Baháʼí Agnes Baldwin Alexander (in 1957, the head of the Baháʼí Faith, Shoghi Effendi, appointed her a Hand of the Cause of God, the highest rank one may hold as an individual Baháʼí), was also there. Out of this the community of Baháʼís began to form in Boston. Farmer and ʻAbdu'l-Bahá began an active exchange of letters some twenty-plus of his which were gathered and printed initially in 1909 and then the third edition in 1919.:p.38
That America went through a Civil War and achieved progress toward an emancipation of its black people is pointed at by ʻAbdu'l-Bahá in 1912 as a basis of encouraging respect for America in its support for humanitarian and altruistic ideals. An appeal to the US for humanitarian interest goes as far back as 1867 when Baháʼís wrote a petition to the US Congress because it held no attachment to the present oppressive conditions in Persia. Baháʼu'lláh did himself address the "Rulers of America and the Presidents of the Republics" (Ulysses S. Grant was USA President at the time) saying in part "Bind ye the broken with the hands of justice, and crush the oppressor who flourisheth with the rod of the commandments of your Lord…." Baháʼís also used diplomatic means to seek redress or relief. In 1901 when the American Baha'i community numbered only roughly 2000 members, they approached the US Ambassador to Persia Herbert W. Bowen in Paris concerning the situation of Baháʼís. As an example of the persecution Baha'is faced (then and now) in Iran, even an American diplomat was murdered in 1924 by a mob on suspicion of being a Baháʼí intervening in a local matter.
In 1906 a government census reported through a scholar that there were 1280 Baháʼís in 24 places among 14 states. Early Baháʼís in this period included reformers and artists like Stanwood Cobb, Louis G. Gregory, and Juliet Thompson. Laura Clifford Barney interviewed ʻAbdu'l-Bahá on several teachings of the religion resulting in the early publication Some Answered Questions. The Baháʼí Temple Unity was incorporated in Chicago at a national convention in 1909 to facilitate the establishment of the first Baháʼí House of Worship in the West; 39 delegates from 36 cities attended. Star of the West was the first large periodical production in the country beginning in March, 1910. Thornton Chase scholar Robert Stockman underscores Chase' importance as an early North American Baháʼí thinker, publicist, administrator, and organizer who is still under appreciated, that "He is perhaps the only person (in America) before 1912 who had a thorough understanding of the Baháʼí concept of consultation." Chase was the prime mover behind many of the Chicago's early institutional activities and in many ways his sudden death left a gap in the North American Baháʼí community that remained unfilled until the rise to prominence in the early 1920s of Horace Holley, the chief developer of Baháʼí organization in the United States and Canada.
ʻAbdu'l-Bahá, while head of the religion, visited the United States and Canada, ultimately visiting some 40 cities, to once again spread his father's teachings. He arrived in New York City on 11 April 1912. While he spent most of his time in New York, he visited many cities on the east coast. Then in August he started a more extensive journey across America to the West coast before returning east at the end of October. On 5 December 1912 he set sail back to Europe from New York. During his nine months in North America, he met with many well known people as well as hundreds of American and Canadian Baháʼís who were recent converts to the religion. Accomplishments during the trip include setting examples of the core values of the religion - unity of humanity, and gender equality. First he demonstrated an advanced race-consciousness by glorifying diversity and black individuals on multiple occasions when racial segregation in the United States was the usual practice. And second, extending the progress of the equality of women and men. During his stay in America the lead all-male assembly was dissolved in favor of an integrated one of women and men.
After his return to Palestine in 1913, ʻAbdu'l-Bahá mentioned various lands around the world in which the religion should be introduced, predicted the imminence of World War I, and elaborated the qualities of those who seek to serve the religion. This guidance took the form of a series of letters, or tablets, to the followers of the religion in the United States in 1916-1917; these letters were compiled together in the book Tablets of the Divine Plan. They were translated and presented on April 4, 1919 in New York City, and published in Star of the West on December 12, 1919. Urbain Ledoux also joined the religion about this time. The world-wide activity of Martha Root, who circled the globe three times teaching the Faith, was catalyzed by these Tablets.
ʻAbdu'l-Bahá died in November 1921. In his will he appointed his grandson Shoghi Effendi as the Guardian and leader of the religion. A few in America questioned the appointment as early as 1926. Another division occurred because many were attracted to the personality of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá and saw the religion as an ecumenical society to which all persons of goodwill—regardless of religion—might join. When Shoghi Effendi made clear the position that the Baháʼí Faith was an independent religion with its own distinct administration through local and national spiritual assemblies, a few felt that he had overstepped the bounds of his authority; some who actively and continuously caused disunity were expelled by Shoghi Effendi as Covenant-breakers.:p325 All of the divisions in this period were short-lived and restricted in their influence, for the most part failing to last beyond the lives of their initial dissidents.
While the first Baháʼí House of Worship of the Americas began taking form in Chicago, national institutional development of the religion shifted to Green Acre for some decades. The Star of the West was replaced with the Baháʼí News in 1924 and supplemented by the magazine World Order in 1935. The first National Spiritual Assembly was elected in 1925 after years of increasing organizational development. See Statistics on National Spiritual Assemblies. Individuals in a number of social situations joined the religion - Alain LeRoy Locke, James Ferdinand Morton Jr., Robert Sengstacke Abbott, Helen Elsie Austin, and Nancy Douglas Bowditch. Additionally, two more institutions were established like Green Acre: the Geyserville school that later moved to become the Bosch Baháʼí School and the Louhelen Baháʼí School.
Bahá'í Historical Record Survey
The Bahá'í Historical Record Survey was an early demographic review of the Bahá'í Faith in the United States and Canada done circa 1934-1936. The backgrounds of Bahá'ís were later studied in a number of ways - racial and ethnic heritage, previous religious background, geographical spread and sometimes how these have changed over the years. Complimentary data sources have also been used to add to some of the reviews including US Census publications and Bahá'í directories published in periodicals of Bahá'í literature.
A couple of these studies look specifically at the burgeoning black population of Bahá'ís amidst the wider society practice of continuing era of social segregation in the American society of the time which was against the Bahá'í teaching of the unity of all humanity. The vast majority of the Bahá'ís were white and mostly elder women, but the black segment of those states Bahá'ís were in responded more to the religion than the white population of those states did. The religion was also initially attracting Protestants, especially Unitarian Universalists and also among other more mainstream liberal denominations, but as history approached 1936 and beyond it attracted a greater diversity of religious backgrounds as it continued to grow more by conversion than by migration or birth.
First Seven Year Plan
Shoghi Effendi, head of the religion after the death of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá, wrote a cable on May 1, 1936 to the Baháʼí Annual Convention of the United States and Canada, and asked for the systematic implementation of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá's vision to begin. In his cable he wrote:
Appeal to assembled delegates ponder historic appeal voiced by ʻAbdu'l-Bahá in Tablets of the Divine Plan. Urge earnest deliberation with incoming National Assembly to insure its complete fulfillment. First century of Baháʼí Era drawing to a close. Humanity entering outer fringes most perilous stage its existence. Opportunities of present hour unimaginably precious. Would to God every State within American Republic and every Republic in American continent might ere termination of this glorious century embrace the light of the Faith of Baháʼu'lláh and establish structural basis of His World Order.
Following the May 1 cable, another cable from Shoghi Effendi came on May 19 calling for permanent pioneers to be established in all the countries of South American and the Caribbean. The 1936 religious census conducted by the United States government reported 2,584 Baháʼís and by 1944 every state in the nation had at least one local Baháʼí administrative body called a Spiritual Assembly, and a population of about 4,800 Baháʼís was reported. During that period the Baháʼí National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and Canada appointed the Inter-America Committee to take charge of the preparations for international pioneers. In the fall, amidst the rebuilding of the economy in the Great Depression and the build up to World War II a special collection and printing of the scriptural guidance to America was given to President Franklin Roosevelt, "that these utterances may, in this hour of grave crisis, bring to him comfort, encouragement and strength." During the 1937 Baháʼí North American Convention, Shoghi Effendi cabled advising the convention to prolong their deliberations to permit the delegates and the National Assembly to consult on a plan that would enable Baháʼís to go to Latin America as well as to include the completion of the outer structure of the Baháʼí House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois. In 1937 the First Seven Year Plan (1937–44), an international plan designed by Shoghi Effendi, gave the American Baháʼís the goal of establishing the Baháʼí Faith in every country in Latin America. In 1937 there was essentially no presence of the religion from Central America south, and eleven states and provinces in the US and Canada had no Baháʼís at all; thirty‑four lacked spiritual assemblies. In 1938 Baháʼí communities and Local Spiritual Assemblies began to form across Latin America with the spread of American Baháʼís, while inside the United States individuals like Guy Murchie, Robert Hayden, Robert B. Powers, joined the religion and others who were raised in the religion achieved increasing levels of service in it like Marion Holley and Dorothy Beecher Baker or otherwise became more well known in the world like Bernard Leach, Carole Lombard, Barbara Hale, Lois Hall and William Sears. In April 1953 the Baháʼí House of Worship (Wilmette, Illinois) was formally dedicated.
Up to 1944, delegates to the national convention were selected based on local assemblies - in 1944 they were elected on the basis of statewide regional conventions of Baháʼís. In 1947, at a time when the Baháʼís number approaching 5000 in America, Baháʼí students at the University of Chicago participated in a demonstration against the segregation and discrimination based on race for medical treatment of students on campus. In 1955 American Baháʼís and institutions spoke up following the destruction of a Baháʼí center of worship in Iran.
Later coordinated efforts, such as the Ten Year Crusade, would see American pioneers sent to a wide variety of locations around the globe, such as Africa, some parts of eastern Asia, parts of Oceania/Polynesia filling out the list of first Baháʼís to settle in a country via the Knights of Baháʼu'lláh, as well as among its own Native Americans populations. As a result the cultural norms in the Baháʼí Faith went through major transitions. The first occurred at about the turn of the 20th century when the religion became known beyond its mainly Muslim Middle-Eastern population and spread to Christian North America and Europe. The second major breakthrough started post-World War II when the religion began to spread rapidly in the villages of the Third World. A stated purpose for the coordinating committees appointed to oversee the process was to facilitate a shift in the balance of roles from North American leading guidance and Latin cooperation to Latin leading guidance and North American cooperation. The process was well underway by 1950 and was to be enforced about 1953. In Africa it was emphasized that western pioneers be self-effacing and focus their efforts not on the colonial leadership but on the native Africans - and that the pioneers must show by actions the sincerity of their sense of service to the Africans in bringing the religion and then the Africans who understand their new religion are to be given freedom to rise up and spread the religion according to their own sensibilities and the pioneers to disperse or step into the background. Similar practices were undertake by Australians arriving in Papua New Guinea. Unlike the spread of Christianity within Indian country in the United States, the Baháʼí Faith has never been associated with a fortification of colonial occupation, Euro-American assimilation, or forced conversions of Native Americans. Indeed in 1960 Hand of the Cause Rúhíyyih Khánum asked for forgiveness for the injustices her race had done and praised their great past. And in 1963 anthropologist Alice Beck Kehoe, a well known researcher of Native Americans, observed that "[The Baháʼí Faith] does not deny the validity of native Indian beliefs, [and]...appeals to many Indians who are seeking a religion that is neither exclusively Indian nor dominated by white values and customs," though while the religion was growing the challenge of broadening respect also continued to be a point of engagement.
Shoghi Effendi had died November 4, 1957, without explicitly appointing a successor,:pp169–170 however he had appointed Hands of the Cause, individuals of highly distinguished service to the religion. He began by appointing some posthumously - from the United States so appointed were Keith Ransom-Kehler (1876–1933), Martha Root (1872–1939), Roy C. Wilhelm (1875–1951) and Louis George Gregory (1874–1951.) Americans living for their appointments included, in order of their appointment waves, (from 1951) Dorothy Beecher Baker (1898–1954), Amelia Engelder Collins (1873–1962), Horace Hotchkiss Holley (1887–1960), Leroy C. Ioas (1896–1965), Charles Mason Remey (1874–1974); (from 1952) Corinne Knight True (1861–1961); (in 1957) Agnes Baldwin Alexander (1875–1971) and William Sears (1911–1992). They, along with the Hands appointed from other lands, on November 25, signed a unanimous proclamation organizing the community to fulfilling his goals. Among these were:
- "That the entire body of the Hands of the Cause, ... shall determine when and how the International Baháʼí Council shall pass through the successive stages outlined by Shoghi Effendi culminating in the election of the Universal House of Justice"
- "That the authority to expel violators from the Faith shall be vested in the body of nine Hands (The Custodians), acting on reports and recommendations submitted by Hands from their respective continents."
Upon the election of the Universal House of Justice at the culmination of the Ten Year Crusade in 1963, the nine Hands acting as interim head of the religion closed their office.:pp175–177 The world community celebrated the election at the first Baháʼí World Congress. There was another attempt at a division contesting the lack of another Guardian but it also failed to be sustained. Baháʼís in the United States numbered almost 7,000 by 1956. By 1963 membership exceeded 10,000, and were increasing by about 1,200 per year.
In the midst of the period leading directly to the election Baháʼís in Morocco had organized their first assembly and begun to suffer persecution. In 1963 the arrest of Baháʼís in Morocco had gotten attention from King Hassan II of Morocco, US Senator Kenneth B. Keating and Roger Nash Baldwin, then Chairman of the International League for the Rights of Man. On March 31, 1963 during a visit to the United States and the United Nations, King Hasan was interviewed on television on Meet the Press, then with Lawrence E. Spivak, and was asked about the treatment of Baháʼís in his own country. He addressed the audience saying that the Baháʼí Faith was not a religion and "against good order and also morals". However, on April 2 he makes a public statement that if the Supreme Court confirms the penalty of death that he would grant them a royal pardon. However, on November 23 the Supreme Court heard the appeals and reversed the decision of the lower court. On December 13 the prisoners were actually released.
In 1964 a project developed among the Baháʼís supporting race unity - the same period as the Freedom Summer campaign - with connections at Louhelen and the burgeoning Baháʼí community of Greenville South Carolina. School integration was going to happen that Fall. Training sessions for a project were noted in the Baháʼí News in August at Louhelen. Some 80 youth attended the training in mid-June and some 26 faculty and staff. After the classes in various subjects 27 went to 8 locations: Greenville, SC, Atlanta, GA, locations in MN, NM, AZ, MI and DC. Six youth went to Greenville, SC, under the sponsorship of their local assembly for a 6 week program joined by five local youth.:2m38s They worked on tutoring some 55 blacks students about to attend newly integrating schools, rural proclamation of the religion, and human rights activities focused on the black minority. The work was capped with a parent-teacher banquet reception at a church and a picnic for the students conducted by the Baháʼí teachers. Firesides were held widely in rural areas around Greenville which featured singing, and the group supported petitioning for the public swimming pool being integrated. In 1965 Baháʼís participated in the Selma to Montgomery marches and arranged for telegrams according to the June issue of Baháʼí News. The National Assembly telegrammed the US President and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Eight Baháʼís including two from Montgomery are documented to have participated.
The news in 1971 was that the national count of Baháʼís had doubled - The Christian Century noted that in a "one-month, 13-county 'teaching conference' based in Dillon, South Carolina, 9,000 converts, most of them black, joined the Baha'i faith (sic), with hundreds more signing declaration cards in similar efforts throughout the south." The state with the single largest Baháʼí population was now South Carolina.:153, 193
At around 77,000 members in America, in 1982 Baháʼís testified before a Congress subcommittee on the situation in Iran following the Islamic revolution and this was followed up a couple years later, and again in 1988.
Meanwhile the accelerated growth of the worldwide community in the 1960s-1980s yielded a challenge for the social and economic development of communities. According to the Baháʼí teachings, development should increase people's self-reliance, communal solidarity, giving access to knowledge, and, where possible, removing sources of injustice. Spiritual, moral and material development should be linked together. These priorities are envisioned as crucial to the development of world peace. The religion entered a new phase of activity when a message of the Universal House of Justice dated 20 October 1983 was released. The Office of Social and Economic Development was established and Baháʼís were urged to seek out ways, compatible with the Baháʼí teachings, in which they could become involved in the social and economic development of the communities in which they lived. Worldwide in 1979 there were 129 officially recognized Baháʼí socioeconomic development projects. By 1987, the number of officially recognized development projects had increased to 1482. The Americas as a total held a significant percentage of these. Some examples in the United States:
- In 1984 the Center for Interracial Understanding was established in the summer of 1984 at Louhelen.
- Another project called a residential college, was founded at Louhelen in September 1985, and was part of its conception. :-42:20 It was announced in March 1986 it was accepting applications for the September 1986 enrollment combining formal study of the religion with a degree earning study at one or two nearby colleges. Students would live and work at the school, receive training, and go to one of these schools.
- A temporary effort was that of Tucson Baháʼís aid for 1985 Mexico City earthquake, as there was during and following Hurricane Hugo.
- Another programs was for youth called the Baháʼí Youth Workshop founded by Oscar DeGruy in 1974, that had groups organize and perform variously in the United States.
- 1996 was the beginning of the implementation of the Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience(MRULE) project by Richard Walter Thomas and Jeanne Gazel at Michigan State University, in the wake of the OJ Simpson murder case in Oct 1995.:4m16s:2m5s Thomas was approached by then provost Lou Anna Simon of MSU:26m to have a means of resolving racial tensions in the midst of increasing diversity on campus.
- The Tahirih Justice Center was founded in 1997 for individuals seeking protection from human rights abuses.
In December 1999, the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States stated that out of approximately 140,000 adult (15 and over) members on the rolls, only 70,000 had known addresses, and another estimate was of 137,000 plus Iranian refugees. Nearly 17 percent of US Baháʼís still reported still being international pioneers, while some 35 percent indicated homefront pioneering experience inside the United States to places the religion had not previously had a presence. The American Religious Identity Survey (ARIS) conducted in 2001, with a sample size of 50,000, estimated that there were 84,000 self-identifying adult (21 and over) Baháʼís in the United States. The Association of Religion Data Archives estimated there were some 525,000 Baháʼís in 2005 however internal counts in Feb 2011 show 175,000 excluding Alaska and Hawai'i.
With developmental roots back into the 19th century, the Ruhi Institute, an educational institution initially operating under the guidance of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼí Faith in Colombia but has been applied in the United States and studied. The goal is of involving more individuals in study leading to action. A focus of the Institute is to couple an evolving appreciation of virtues with processes of community development. After some decades of development, Baháʼí leadership adopted it as a key component of the evolving nature of Baháʼí life.
Although a majority of Americans are Christians, Baháʼís make up the second-largest religious group in South Carolina as of May 2014[update]. And based on data from 2010, Baháʼís were the largest minority religion in 80 counties out of the 3143 counties in the country. From the same 2010 data set, the largest populations of Baháʼís at the county-by-county level are in Los Angeles, CA, Palm Beach, FL, Harris County, TX, and Cook County, IL. However on a basis relative to the local population the highest relative density is in South Carolina and Bennett County, SD, especially near the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations, and Georgia.
While early fictional works relating the religion occurred in Europe a number of them have appeared in the United States since the 1980s, sometimes in mass media - see Baháʼí Faith in fiction.
This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (December 2017)
This section may benefit from being shortened by the use of summary style.
Summary style may involve the moving of large sections to sub-articles that are then summarized in the main article.
The Baháʼí Faith in Greater Boston, a combined statistical area, has had glimpses of the religion in the 19th century arising to its first community of religionists at the turn of the century. Early newspapers on the precursor Bábí religion were followed by a paper by Dr. Rev. Austin H. Wright:3–4, 10, 73, 528 as an untitled entry whose first quote is "notice of a singular character, who has for some years past played a prominent part on the stage of Persian life" dated February 10, 1851. It is considered the first paper giving an account on Bábism. Circa 1900 the community began to coalesce being near to Green Acre. From then on the institution would progressively be associated with Baháʼís - a place where both locals and people from afar came to learn of the religion, and who officially took over controlling interest from 1913. Leaders rising to national prominence with a national level of organization soon arose after ʻAbdu'l-Bahá, then head of the religion, traveled through the area. Most prominent were from the area were Harlan Ober, William Henry Randall, and Alfred E. Lunt. Broadening recognitions of the community sometimes took the form of publicly noting their persecution in Morocco and then Iran, and presence in local concerts and fairs. In 1988 the national assembly of the United States picked Boston among its four foci for expansion of the religion and a conference of some 800 Baháʼís gathered.:193–195, 242–245 The modern community, albeit a tiny fraction of the wider population, is present in some concentrations and thin areas throughout the greater Boston area. Over the last couple decades, it has been systematically pursuing programs of neighborhood community building activities of study circles, children's classes, junior youth groups, and devotional meetings among the activities and observances of the religion.
The Baháʼí Faith in South Carolina begins in the transition from Jim Crow to the Civil Rights Movement but defines another approach to the problem, and proceeded according to its teachings. The first mention in relation to the history of the religion came in the 1860s in a newspaper article. Following this the first individual from South Carolina to find the religion was Louis Gregory in 1909, followed by individuals inside the state. Communities of Baháʼís were soon operating in North Augusta, Columbia and Greenville struggled with segregation culture through the 1950s externally and internally. However, in the 1969-1973 period, a very remarkable and somewhat unsustainable period of conversions to the religion on the basis of a meeting of Christian and Baháʼí religious ideas established a basis of community across several counties - notably Marion, Williamsburg, and Dillon, served by the Louis Gregory Institute and its radio station WLGI but also across the wider area. That community continues and has gathered news coverage as part of the second largest religion in South Carolina.
Alaska is unusual in that it is not an independent nation, recognized by the United Nations, and yet has a National Spiritual Assembly. Its specific statistics are not published, and are often not broken out in non-Baháʼí statistics of the USA in general. There are currently about 1500 Baháʼís in Alaska.
The Baháʼí community in Hawai'i had its origins when Hawaiian-born Agnes Alexander, who became a Baháʼí in Paris in 1900, returned to the islands in 1901. Similar to Alaska, the Baháʼís of Hawai'i have an independent National Spiritual Assembly from that of the USA, though it is itself one of the 50 United States. Independent statistics have not been published.
Notable American Baháʼís
Outside the religion in general society prominent Baháʼís have been social and civic leaders Alain LeRoy Locke, Patricia Locke, Dorothy Wright Nelson and Layli Miller-Muro, entertainers Seals and Crofts, Dizzy Gillespie, Rainn Wilson, Andy Grammer and among academics Suheil Bushrui, and Dwight W. Allen. See List of Baháʼís for many other Baháʼís that have Wikipedia articles about them, and more generally Category:American Bahá'ís. Such prominence does not connote authority or priority within the religion but simply a degree of public recognition. William Sears was a sports commentator and television personality, and Louis Gregory was a prominent African-American lawyer, and both become prominent inside the religion as Hands of the Cause and Locke and Nelson were elected to the national spiritual assembly.
- "Henry H. Jessup, D.D., Makes an Eloquent and Instructive Address". The Inter Ocean. Chicago, Illinois. 24 September 1893. p. 2. Retrieved Feb 8, 2014.
- Stockman, Robert H. (2009). "Chase, Thornton (1847–1912)". Baháʼí Encyclopedia Project. Evanston, IL: National Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of the United States. Archived from the original on 2016-10-12.
- Linfoot (1970). "In Memoriam; Corine Knight True" (PDF). The Baháʼí World; An International Record. XIII, 1954–1963. Universal House of Justice. pp. 846–849.
- Hatcher, William S.; Martin, J. Douglas (2002). The Baha'i Faith: The Emerging Global Religion. US Baha'i Publishing Trust. pp. 57–59. ISBN 978-1-931847-06-3.
- ʻAbbas, ʻAbdu'l-Bahá (April 1919). Tablets, Instructions and Words of Explanation. Mirza Ahmad Sohrab (trans. and comments).
- Lamb, Artemus (November 1995). The Beginnings of the Baháʼí Faith in Latin America:Some Remembrances, English Revised and Amplified Edition. West Linn, Oregon: M L VanOrman Enterprises.
- Shoghi Effendi (1956). "Map of Goals for the Ten Year World Crusade". Baháʼí World. 12. Baha'i Publishing Trust.
- Robert Stockman; Mana Derakhshani (2014). "American Baháʼí Community". Retrieved Feb 8, 2014.
- "Quick Facts and Stats". Official website of the Baha'is of the United States. National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States. June 11, 2014. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- "Most Baha'i Nations (2005)". QuickLists > Compare Nations > Religions >. The Association of Religion Data Archives. 2005. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- Christopher Buck (August 2004). "The eschatology of globalization: the multiple-messiahship of Baháʼu'lláh revisited" (PDF). In Moshe Sharon; W. J. Hanegraaff; P. Pratap Kumar (eds.). Studies in Modern Religions and Religious Movements and the Babi/Baha'i Faiths. Mumen Book Series, Studies in the history of religions. CIV. Brill Academic Publishers. pp. 143–173. ISBN 9789004139046.
- "A Modern Mahomet". Boon's Lick Times. Fayette, Missouri. April 4, 1846. pp. 1, 3rd column, below middle. Retrieved Feb 8, 2014. For further information see compiled by Steven Kolins (2013) [1845-6]. "First newspaper story of the events of the Bábí Faith". Historical documents and Newspaper articles. Baha'i Library Online. Retrieved Feb 8, 2014. and Momen, Moojan (1999). "Early Western Accounts of the Babi and Baha'i Faiths". Encyclopedia articles. Baháʼí Library Online. Retrieved Feb 8, 2014.
- "Early mention of Bábís in western newspapers, summer 1850". Historical documents and Newspaper articles. Baha'i Library Online. 2013 [July - Nov 1850]. Retrieved Feb 8, 2014.
- Andrew Keogh (1930). "Preface". In Elizabeth Strout (ed.). Catalogue of the library of the American oriental society. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Library. pp. iii–v.
- "American Oriental Society". The Literary World. 8 (228): 470. June 14, 1851. ProQuest 90101699.(Subscription required.)
- Momen, Moojan (1981). The Babi and Baha'i Religions, 1844-1944: Some Contemporary Western Accounts. Oxford, England: George Ronald. ISBN 0-85398-102-7.
- Austin H. Wright (June 26, 1851). Daniel Pierce Thompson (ed.). "A New Prophet" (PDF). Green Mountain Freeman. Montpelier Vermont. p. 1. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- Jessup, Henry H. (2013) . "The Religious Mission of the English-Speaking Nations". Historical documents and Newspaper articles. Baha'i Library Online. Retrieved Feb 8, 2014.
- Stockman, Robert (1985). The Baha'i Faith in America. 1, Origins 1892-1900. Wilmette, Il.: Baha'i Publishing Trust. ISBN 0-87743-199-X.
- Haddad, Anton F. (1902). "An Outline of the Bahai Movement in the United States". Unpublished academic articles and papers. Baháʼí Library Online. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
- Smith, Peter (2000). "Disciples of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá". A concise encyclopedia of the Baháʼí Faith. Oxford: Oneworld Publications. ISBN 1-85168-184-1.
- Sandra Hutchinson; Richard Hollinger (2006). "Women in the North American Baha'i Community". In Keller, Rosemary Skinner; Ruether, Rosemary Radford; Cantlon, Marie (eds.). Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America: Native American creation stories. Indiana University Press. pp. 776–786. ISBN 0-253-34687-8.
- Nakhjavani, Violette (1996). Maxwells of Montreal, The. George Ronald. p. 70. ISBN 978-0-85398-551-8.
- Robinson, Judith (1991), The Hearsts, University of Delaware Press, pp. 311–312, ISBN 0-87413-383-1
- * "Abdel Karin arrived at Chicago…". Marshall County Independent. Plymouth, Indiana. 15 Jun 1900. p. 2. Retrieved Oct 8, 2015.
- "Mohammedans in this country". The Times. Richmond, Virginia. 8 Jul 1900. p. 9. Retrieved Oct 8, 2015.
- "Kenosha misses Abdel Karin". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, Missouri. 21 Oct 1900. p. 5. Retrieved Oct 8, 2015.
- "The new belief, Babism". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. 8 Nov 1900. p. 13. Retrieved Oct 8, 2015.
- Balyuzi, H.M. (2001). ʻAbdu'l-Bahá: The Centre of the Covenant of Baháʼu'lláh (Paperback ed.). Oxford, UK: George Ronald. ISBN 0-85398-043-8.
- Leigh Eric Schmidt (6 August 2012). Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-95411-3.
- Hollywood, Amy (Winter–Spring 2010). "Spiritual but Not Religious". Harvard Divinity Bulletin. 38 (1–2). Retrieved December 2, 2019.
- Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp; Leigh E. Schmidt; Mark Valeri (14 July 2006). Practicing Protestants: Histories of Christian Life in America, 1630–1965. JHU Press. p. 218. ISBN 978-0-8018-8361-3.
- "Was not at home". The Portsmouth Herald. Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 28 Sep 1901. p. 6. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- Jonathan Menon (August 22, 2012). "The Battles of Sarah J. Farmer". 239days.com. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
- Rideout, Anise (1940). "Early History of the Baháʼí Community in Boston, Massachusetts". bahai-library.com. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
- For a picture see "Sarah Jane Farmer and travel companions on the S.S. Furst Bismark, 1900". Maine Historical Society. 2000. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
- Menon says she was aboard on Jan 1: Jonathan Menon (August 23, 2012). "Sarah J. Farmer: One of America's Great Religious Innovators". 239days.com. Retrieved July 28, 2015.; Rideout, just prior, says February 23, two newspaper clippings the ship left mid first week of January.
- Anne Gordon Perry; Rosanne Adams-Junkins; Robert Atkinson; Richard Grover; Diane Iverson; Robert H Stockman; Burton W.F. Trafton Jr. (2012) . Green Acre on the Piscataqua (3rd ed.). Baha'i Publishing Trust. ISBN 978-0-87743-364-4.
- The Baháʼí centenary, 1844–1944: a record of America's response to Baháʼo'lláh's call to the realization of the oneness of mankind, to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Baháʼí faith. Baháʼí publishing committee. 1944. pp. 212–214.
- * Lillian Gray (22 Jun 1901). "Sarah Farmer and the Greenacre cult". The Wilkes-Barre Record. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. p. 12. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- Lillian Gray (22 Jun 1901). "Sarah Farmer and the Green Acre Cult". Evening Report. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. p. 6. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- Lillian Gray (23 Jun 1901). "Sarah Farmer and the Greenacre Cult". The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. Fort Wayne, Indiana. p. 11. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- Lillian Gray (23 Jun 1901). "Sarah Farmer and the Greenacre cult". San Antonio Express. San Antonio, Texas. p. 14. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- Lillian Gray (Jun 23, 1901). "Sarah Farmer and the Greenacre cult". The Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. p. 16. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- Robert H. Stockman (1985). The Baháʼí Faith in America: Early expansion, 1900–1912. Baháʼí Pub. Trust. ISBN 978-0-85398-388-0.
- * "Peculiar faith of the Babist sect as revealed by a woman". The Inter Ocean. Chicago, Illinois. 1 Dec 1901. p. 48. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- "Visit to the Babist Chief" (PDF). The Sun. New York, New York. Nov 24, 1901. p. 6. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- "Came on the Minnehaha". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, New York. June 24, 1901. p. 24. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- Alexander, Agnes Baldwin (1977). Barbara Sims (ed.). History of the Baháʼí Faith in Japan 1914–1938. Osaka, Japan: Japan Baháʼí Publishing Trust. p. 21.
- ʻAbdu'l-Bahá (February 1919) . Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas. 2 (3rd ed.). Chicago, US: Baháʼí publishing society.
- Christopher Buck (3 April 2013). "ʻAbdu'l-Bahá's 1912 Howard University speech: a Civil War myth for interracial emancipation" (PDF). In N. Mottahedeh (ed.). ʻAbdu'l-Bahá's Journey West: The Course of Human Solidarity. Palgrave Macmillan US. ISBN 978-1-137-03201-0.
- various; Manuchehr Derakhshani; Nesreen Akhtarkhavari (2006) [March 16, 1867]. "An 1867 Petition from Baháʼís in Shushtar, Iran, to the U.S. Congress". World Order. Vol. 37 no. 3. National Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of the United States. pp. 31–38. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- Mike McMullen (27 November 2015). The Baháʼís of America: The Growth of a Religious Movement. NYU Press. pp. 38–40, 146, 232. ISBN 978-1-4798-5152-2.
- * "Babists of Persia". The Daily Chronicle. De Kalb, IL. 6 Jul 1901. p. 3. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- "Miss Arline Peck and the Babists". The Inter Ocean. Chicago, IL. 7 Jul 1901. p. 36. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- Michael Zirinsky (Aug 1, 1986). "Blood, Power, and Hypocrisy: the Murder of Robert Imbrie and American Relations with Pahlavi Iran, 1924". International Journal of Middle East Studies. Cambridge University Press. 18 (3): 275–292. doi:10.1017/S0020743800030488. JSTOR 163379. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- "Assassins will be executed at scene of crime, says Consul". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, MO. 21 Jul 1924. p. 3. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- "Story of religions in the United States as told in census figures". The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. Fort Wayne, Indiana. 14 August 1910. p. Page 3A. Retrieved Feb 19, 2014.
- Balyuzi, H.M. (2001). ʻAbdu'l-Bahá: The Centre of the Covenant of Baháʼu'lláh (Paperback ed.). Oxford, UK: George Ronald. pp. 159–397. ISBN 0-85398-043-8.
- Kazemzadeh, Firuz (2009). "ʻAbdu'l-Bahá 'Abbás (1844–1921)". Baháʼí Encyclopedia Project. Evanston, IL: National Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of the United States.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Richard W. Thomas (1997). "The role of the American Baha'i community in addressing racial injustice and racial disunity". In John H. Stanfield II (ed.). Research in Social Policy. Social Justice Philanthropy. 5. London, UK: JAI Press Inc. pp. 191–221. ISBN 0-7623-0047-7.
- Maneck, Susan (1994). "Women in the Baháʼí Faith". In Sharma, Arvind (ed.). Religion and women. SUNY Press. pp. 211–228. ISBN 978-0-7914-1689-1.
- Daniel Leab (15 January 2014). "Ledoux, Urbain (1874-1941)". Encyclopedia of American Recessions and Depressions [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. pp. 454–457. ISBN 978-1-59884-946-2.
- Momen 1995, §G.2.d.i 
- MacEoin, Dennis. "Bahai and Babi Schisms". Iranica.
- Effendi, Shoghi (1947). Messages to America. Wilmette, Illinois, USA: Baháʼí Publishing Committee. p. 6. OCLC 5806374.
- * "Baha'u'llah's tablet presented to the President". Baháʼí News. No. 102. Aug 1936. pp. 1–2. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- "World Order Magazine". Baháʼí News. No. 104. Dec 1936. p. 7. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- "Tablet of Baháʼu'lláh". World Order. Vol. 2 no. 8. Nov 1936. pp. 292–3. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- "The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of the United States and Canada…". Baha'i World. A Biennial International Record. 6. New York, NY: Baha'i Publishing Committee. 1937. pp. 381–7.
- Mike McMullen (Nov 27, 2015). The Baháʼís of America: The Growth of a Religious Movement (Kindle ed.). NYU Press. pp. Kindle Locations 651–653, 740–741, 760–761. ISBN 978-1-4798-6905-3.
- "Brief History of the Baháʼí Faith". Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of Boise, Idaho. 1996-11-25. Retrieved Feb 8, 2014.
- Will C. van den Hoonaard (16 December 1996). The Origins of the Baháʼí Community of Canada, 1898-1948. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-88920-272-6.
- "Students protest discrimination". The Mercury. Pottstown, PA. 19 Dec 1947. p. 14. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- "Chicago students arrange walkout as racial protest". Muncie Evening Press. Muncie, IN. 2 Dec 1947. p. 1. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- "Students to protest 'race discrimination'". Racine Journal-Times. Racine, WI. 3 Dec 1947. p. 9. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- * "Tehran head dooms dome of Baha'i". The Indiana Gazette. Indiana, PA. 23 May 1955. p. 35. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- "Haifa, Israel…". Battle Creek Enquirer. Battle Creek, MI. 24 May 1955. p. 15. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- "Baha'i church is shocked by ouster in Iran". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL. 29 May 1955. p. 7. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- Francisca E. Ammeraal (29 May 1955). "Universal religion". Tampa Bay Times. St. Petersburg, FL. p. 16. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- W. W. Baker (31 May 1955). "Attack on Baha'i religion in Tehran directs attention to unusual faith". The Kansas City Times. Kansas City, MO. p. 36. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- Flora M. Kidd (1 Jun 1955). "Unjust action". The Portsmouth Herald. Portsmouth, NH. pp. 4, 5. Retrieved Dec 18, 2017.
- "Baha'is issues statement on Iran situation". The Daily Herald. Provo, UT. 5 Jun 1955. p. 23. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- Ruth Van Meer (5 Jun 1955). "Baha'i group here answers its critics". Eau Claire Leader. Eau Claire, WI. p. 6. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- Terah Cowart Smith (5 Jun 1955). "Iran's attack on Baha'is called shocking mistake". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, NY. p. 35. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- Mrs. Lyle W. Munson (6 Jun 1955). "Baha'is and loyalty". Des Moines Tribune. Des Moines, IA. p. 14. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- Gertrude Jacoby (15 Jun 1955). "Baha'i protest". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, CA. p. 39. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- Diane Downing (20 Jun 1955). "Persecution of Baha'i Faith in Iran". The Bakersfield Californian. Bakersfield, CA. p. 36. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- George S. Larimer (27 Jun 1955). "The Baha'i Faith". The Minneapolis Star. Minneapolis, MN. p. 14. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- "Protests seizure". Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, NM. 28 Jun 1955. p. 20. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- "Baha'i groups cable appeals to Iran's Shah". The News Leader. Staunton, VA. 29 Jun 1955. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- "Persecution of Baha'is in Iran". The Post-Standard. Syracuse, NY. 17 Jul 1955. p. 19. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- "Provo Baha'i representative details persecutions of members of Faith in Iran". The Daily Herald. Provo, UT. 7 Aug 1955. p. 24. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- "Appeal is slated to UN on alleged atrocities in Iran". The Galveston Daily News. Galveston, TX. 12 Aug 1955. p. 18. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- "Pittsburgh, PA…". The Pittsburgh Courier. Pittsburgh, PA. 3 Sep 1955. p. 7. Retrieved Dec 19, 2017.
- Momen, Moojan (1989). "Is the Baha'i Faith a World Religion?". In McGlinn, Sen (ed.). Soundings: Essays in Baháʼí Theology. Christchurch, NZ: Open Circle Publishing. pp. 55–64.
- "Historical Background of the Panama Temple". Baháʼí News (493): 2. April 1972.
- "United States Africa Teaching Committee; Goals for this year". Baháʼí News (283): 10–11. June 1954.
- Were, Graeme (2005). "Thinking through images:Katom and the coming of the Baha'is to Northern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea" (PDF). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 11 (4): 659–676. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9655.2005.00256.x. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
- Addison, Donald Francis; Buck, Christopher (2007). "Messengers of God in North America Revisited: An Exegesis of "Abdu'l-Bahá's Tablet to Amír Khán" (PDF). Online Journal of Baháʼí Studies. London: Association for Baháʼí Studies English-Speaking Europe. 01: 180–270. ISSN 1177-8547. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
- Momen 1995, §G.2.e 
- "First Local Spiritual Assembly of Zaouiat Cheikh". Baháʼí News. No. 354. September 1960. p. 12.
- Cameron, G.; Momen, W. (1996). A Basic Baháʼí Chronology. Oxford, UK: George Ronald. pp. 301, 304–5, 306, 308, 328, 329, 331, 354–359, 375, 400, 435, 440–441. ISBN 0-85398-404-2.
- Compiled by Hands of the Cause Residing in the Holy Land. "The Baháʼí Faith: 1844-1963: Information Statistical and Comparative, Including the Achievements of the Ten Year International Baháʼí Teaching & Consolidation Plan 1953-1963". pp. 25, 83, 103, 115.
- Rabbani, R. (Ed.) (1992). The Ministry of the Custodians 1957-1963. Baháʼí World Centre. pp. 414–419. ISBN 0-85398-350-X.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- Rutstein, Nathan (2008). From a Gnat to an Eagle: The Story of Nathan Rutstein. US Baha'i Publishing Trust. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-931847-46-9.
- "Training session for summer youth projects held at Davison". Baháʼí News. No. 401. August 1964. p. 14. ISSN 0195-9212. Retrieved Nov 23, 2017.
- "Some of those attending the training session at Davison". Baháʼí News. No. 401. August 1964. p. 14. ISSN 0195-9212. Retrieved Nov 23, 2017.
- David S. Ruhe (Nov 1964). "Baha'i summer youth projects II". Baháʼí News. No. 484. p. 13. ISSN 0195-9212. Retrieved Nov 4, 2017.
- Richard W. Thomas (Nov 1, 2012). Dr. Richard Thomas - The Other Tradition (video). "Race Amity".
- Venters, Louis E., III (2010). Most great reconstruction: The Baha'i Faith in Jim Crow South Carolina, 1898-1965 (Thesis). Colleges of Arts and Sciences University of South Carolina. pp. 366–7. ISBN 978-1-243-74175-2. UMI Number: 3402846.
- * "Green Forest; Council faces pool question". The Greenville News. Greenville, SC. 10 Jul 1964. p. 1. Retrieved Nov 8, 2017.
- "City council will consider pool problem". The Greenville News. Greenville, SC. 14 Jul 1964. p. 7. Retrieved Nov 8, 2017.
- "Want pool open at Green Forest". The Greenville News. Greenville, SC. 15 Jul 1964. p. 3. Retrieved Nov 8, 2017.
- "New sanitation officials named". The Greenville News. Greenville, SC. 12 Aug 1964. p. 17. Retrieved Nov 8, 2017.
- "Bahais mark peace date". The Greenville News. Greenville, SC. 22 Sep 1964. p. 7. Retrieved Nov 8, 2017.
- "Baha'is participate in march on Montgomery". Baháʼí News. June 1965. p. 13.
- * "Baha'i". The Kokomo Tribune. Kokomo, Indiana. April 4, 1971. p. 5. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
- Hamid Naficy (6 April 2012). A Social History of Iranian Cinema, Volume 3: The Islamicate Period, 1978–1984. Duke University Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-8223-4877-1.
- Tom Lantos, Gerald Solomon, John Porter, Elliot Abrams, Theodore S. Weiss, James Nelson, Wilma Brady, Jim Leach, Mervyn Dymally, Mel Levine, Firuz Kazemzadeh (May 2, 1984). US Congressional hearings on the persecution of Baha'is in Iran (video). Washington, DC: House subcommittee on human rights and international organizations.
- Gus Yatron, Gerald Solomon, John Porter, Richard Schifter, Robert Henderson, Firuz Kazemzadeh, Christopher Smith (June 29, 1988). Human rights in Iran, House Foreign Affairs subcmte. on Human Rights & International Organizations (Video). Washington, DC: C-SPAN.
- Momen, Moojan (2007). "The Baháʼí Faith". New Lion Handbook: The World's Religions. Oxford: Lion Hudson Plc. p. 464. ISBN 978-0-7459-5266-6.
- Momen, Moojan; Smith, Peter (1989). "The Baha'i Faith 1957–1988: A Survey of Contemporary Developments". Religion. 19: 63–91. doi:10.1016/0048-721X(89)90077-8.
- Smith, Peter (2008). An Introduction to the Baha'i Faith. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-86251-6.
- "Baha'i Social and Economic Development Programs". Baháʼí News. No. 668. November 1986. p. 13. ISSN 0195-9212.
- "Number of projects growing rapidly; The Americas; United States". Baháʼí News. No. 680. Mar 1986. pp. 12–13. ISSN 0195-9212. Retrieved Dec 12, 2017.
- Warren Odess-Gillett (January 9, 2010). A Baha'i Perspective: William Diehl (Podcast/Radio). Valley Free Radio.
- "Tucson Baháʼís rush to aid of Mexico". Baháʼí News. No. 657. Dec 1985. p. 12. ISSN 0195-9212. Retrieved Dec 12, 2017.
- * "Hurricane Hugo: the aftermath". Baháʼí News. No. 705. Jan 1990. pp. 11–2. ISSN 0195-9212. Retrieved Dec 12, 2017.
- "Louis G. Gregory Baháʼí Institute". Baháʼí National Review in The American Baha'i. May 1990. p. 14. Retrieved Dec 12, 2017.
- Mary Helen Berg (October 16, 1994). "Followers Say Baha'i Message Is Needed in L.A. : Religion: The faith preaches unity through diversity. Adherents say beliefs have special resonance in racially divided city". LA Times. Los Angeles, CA. Retrieved Dec 12, 2017.
- * "The Los Angeles Baháʼí Youth Workshop…". Baháʼí News. No. 657. Dec 1985. p. 12. ISSN 0195-9212. Retrieved Dec 12, 2017.
- "Baha'i youth workshop". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma City, OK. 16 Jun 1979. p. 22. Retrieved Dec 12, 2017.
- Joe T. Darden; Richard W. Thomas (1 March 2013). Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide. MSU Press. p. 472. ISBN 978-1-60917-352-4.
- Marques G. Harper (August 6, 1999). "Performing for peace and unity A troupe of Baha'i followers dances and recites downtown for a hard crowd to please". Oregan Alive. Oregon. Retrieved Dec 12, 2017.
- Jeanne Gazel, PhD, American Studies, MSU, 2001 (2001). Building community on campus - the interdepent theory and practice of the MultiRacial Unity Living Experience-MRULE (PhD in American Studies). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- Catherine A. Gibson (2012). "Being the Change: MRULE". The Engaged Scholar. Vol. 7, 2012. Michigan State University. Retrieved Nov 18, 2017.
- Richard W. Thomas, Jeanne Gazel, and Maggie Chen Hernandez (May 26, 2017). Running to Meet Ourselves; Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Race Relations at MSU (video). MSU Alumni Association.
- "Our Values". Tahirih.org. Retrieved Dec 12, 2017.
- National Teaching Committee (December 12, 1999). "Issues Pertaining to Growth, Retention and Consolidation in the United State; A Report by the National Teaching Committee of the United States". National Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of the United States. Retrieved Feb 8, 2014.
- "Largest Religious Groups in the United States of America". Adherents.com. 2013. Archived from the original on August 20, 2018. Retrieved Feb 8, 2014.
- * Rosemary Blosson; Sylvia B Kaye (March 14, 2012). "Learning by Doing: Preparation of Baha'i Nonformal Tutors". New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. 2012 (133): 45–57. doi:10.1002/ace.20006. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
- Stephan Z. Mortensen (May 2008). The Ruhi Institute curriculum: A qualitative study (PhD). Capella University. ISBN 9780549615446. UMI 3311298.
- Wilson, Reid. "The Second-Largest Religion in Each State". The Washington Post.
- "Religion Census Newsletter" (PDF). RCMS2010.org. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. March 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
- Kolodner, Alexander (May 1, 2014). "The Baha'i Faith Compared to Race in American Counties" (PDF). Retrieved March 18, 2015.
- * "A Mahometan Schism". Boston Courier. Boston, Massachusetts. Dec 29, 1845. p. 4.
- "Mahometan Schism". Boston Evening Transcript. Boston, Massachusetts. Jan 21, 1846. p. 4.
- "Mahommedan Schism". Christian Witness and Church Advocate. Boston, Massachusetts. Jan 23, 1846. p. 2.
- "Mahommedan Schism". 'Christian Journal. Exeter, New Hampshire. Feb 5, 1846. p. 3.
- "Punishment for apostasy". Massachusetts Spy. Worcester, Massachusetts. June 2, 1847. p. 3.
- "American Oriental Society". The Literary World. 8 (228): 470. June 14, 1851. Retrieved Dec 11, 2017.
- Will C. van den Hoonaard (30 October 2010). The Origins of the Baháʼí Community of Canada, 1898-1948. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-55458-706-3.
- * "Row over "Pagan Temple"". Arkansas City Daily Traveler. Arkansas City, Kansas. 12 Aug 1913. p. 4. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
- "Plan for a new colony". The Portsmouth Herald. Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 13 Aug 1913. p. 1. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
- "Membership of the Executive Board". Star of the West. 8 (9). Aug 20, 1917. pp. 116–7. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- "Divinity School Members Protest Verdict on Baha'i". The Crimson. Harvard, Massachusetts. January 18, 1963. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
- Arash Abizadeh (October 19, 1998). "Respecting Civil Rights in Iran". The Crimson. Harvard, Massachusetts. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
- "Timeline of the Baháʼí Faith in Greater Boston" (PDF). Pluralism.org. Jan 28, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 17, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
- "The Baháʼí Faith in Greater Boston". Pluralism.org. Feb 3, 2010. Archived from the original on April 24, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
- Frances Berg (2 January 1974). "Art, races, music and dancing features of Old Ipswich Days". The Lowell Sun. Lowell, Massachusetts. p. C4. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
- Peter M. Shane (February 28, 1974). "Rock and Folk Music". The Crimson. Harvard, Massachusetts. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
- "New Hampshire Religion Statistics". Homefacts Details By State. Homefacts. 2015. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1991). The Vision Of Race Unity: America’s Most Challenging Issue.