'Abdu'l-Baha'i visited the United States and Canada from April to December, 1912. He travelled from coast to coast, delivered at least 401 public talks to an audience of close to 100,000 people. He spoke in Protestant churches, synagogues, universities, settlement houses, and many other venues. His public talks sought to attract people to the principles of the Faith; His private talks to Baha'is sought to deepen their faith and inspire them to serve. While He avoided being too controversial (though His support for the vote for women made headlines), His firm insistence of racial integration at all His talks and His encouragement of interracial marriage had a lasting impact on the American Baha'i community. His influence on American culture was also strongest on the African American community; He was celebrated in newspapers and monthly magazines.