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Beloved Bethesda : A History of George Whitefield's Home for Boys [Hardcover]

By Edward J. Cashin (Author)
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George Whitefield changed the religious character of colonial America more than any of his contemporaries. Few Americans today realize that the religious history of the US would be different if it had not been for "beloved Bethesda."

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Studio: Mercer University Press
Pages   278
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.28" Width: 6.26" Height: 1.17"
Weight:   1.26 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2001
Publisher   Mercer University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  086554722X  
ISBN13  9780865547223  

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More About Edward J. Cashin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Edward J. Cashin???, a native of Augusta and a graduate of Fordham University, focused most of his research on topics relating to Georgia and the Southeast. His twenty-some books include The Kings Ranger: Thomas Brown and the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier, Lachlan McGillivray, Indian Trader, and the Shaping of the Southern Colonial Frontier, and William Bartram and the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier. He retired as chairman of the History department at Augusta State University in 1996 to become director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History until his death in 2007.

Edward J. Cashin lived in the state of Georgia. Edward J. Cashin was born in 1927 and died in 2007.

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Another Bethesda Escapee  Jan 10, 2008
The year and a half my two brothers and I were at Bethesda were the most miserable of our lives. I won't go into our circumstances other than the fact that we were not orphans. We were in the house near the marshes where the Corleys took extra care of my one brother while my oldest brother was in one of the main older houses.

My mother told us later that when you leave your children at Bethesda, they were to remain there till you were 18. She was having none of that that as she knew she would return to get us in a year.

A year and a half went by and, in the middle of the night, my mother and my new step-father arrived to pick up all three of us. The Corely's I do believe, pretended that they knew nothing of what had happened to the three of us and were nearly prosecuted for all the help they gave us.

Momma C, we used to call her, and her husband always looked out for us and made sure that, when the time came, we three were always packed up and ready to go.

I returned there one afternoon with my wife in 1991 when we spent a weekend in Savannah. She said that she had never seen someone look so incredibly sad in her life nor did she ever want to have me return to what was the most awful time of my childhood.
Historical?   Jul 7, 2006
I believe this Professor has put together information supporting only those views of what he "thinks" Bethesda is all about. I too, lived and worked at Bethesda as a boy. I left in 1956. There were between 85 and 90 boys there at all times. The Superintendant was a Mr Corry(he had been the farm supervisor before taking this job with no administrative or child management skills). Ms Johnson was the Matron for the youngest group 6 to 11. As a disciplinarian she had no equal. Mr Baker was the Matron for the 12 to 15 year olds. He came to Bethesda from the Juvenile Detention Center. (Horrific stories about that place.) However, he was the kindest of them all. Then Ms de Gregory, an RN. She served as a matron for the 16 to 18 year olds as well as the Bethesda doctor....horror stories are still told of her treatments. I personally can testify to several but one stands out that will be hard to be believed by others. I was in an argument with a bigger kid whose name was Ralph Sanford. He broke my nose. Ms de Gregory's remedy? 3 Large doses of Milk of Magnesia and then taken to a Doctor in Savannah 4 days later! The next and last adult at Bethesda was the farm and dairy foreman a Mr Whitfield(yep,same as the founder)A very mean old man. He caused me and another kid to run away for a few days. Ocassionally, there would be other help at the dairy that would come and go. Counselors? Advisors? Someone to listen? Nope, you needed a few friends and you needed to be able to fight back. The reason for telling all of this? (Obviously, I steered away from the review.)Well, people like this professor wants to instill his point of view. A point of view that compares to putting paint only on the side of a building that faces the street. Bethesda a Historical Institution? Yes, absolutely. An institution founded that caused the many intellectual developments he put forth...I think not. For him to write about Bethesda without knowing what life was like, he is shorchanging the reader. Mr George Whitfield's reason for founding Bethesda was to care for homeless boys. Unless those men who were there share their stories, people like the professor will find it a lot easier to ignore the true meaning of the place.
I am sure the book traces the history well but I must say since I grew up their in the late 1970's and left in 1986, my stay there was and is troubling. I hear very little in the reviews about the harsh and sometimes malicious treatment of the boys left in the care of say Rev. William Ford and his group of pompous self righteous hypocrites, It always amazed me the fine people of Savannah allowed him to remain at the helm for such a long time. I was daily beat & tortured by other boys at BETHESDA and the staff did nothing. The so called "House Parents" were sometimes frightfully brutal to me and in no way "loving or supportive". The "so called christians" who continued to spew religous propoganda were rampent and usually embraced by the staff. They (MIKE MOORE) were encouraged not to "spare the rod" and I can contest that they didn't! The memories bring back horrendous feelings of despair and hopelessness. BUT I do remember Ron and Sue Taylor, who were ANGELS I'm sure sent by God! Ma Corley was another Angel! But by far many were were nothing but low-lifes & religous fanatics. The BETHESDA I KNOW has far too many skeletons in the closet both dead and alive to be praised as "RESCUING and RESTORING THE GREAT CITY OF SAVANNAH! Ask them how many BLACK children Bethesda OPENED THOSE MERCIFUL GATE TO???? In reality it is a BLEMISH on SAVANNAH and not something to be proud of. If it is the future of this country to wharehouse their young WHITE Children and allow the hypocrites who call themselves christians to raise the children that are not worthy of parents then we are a doomed nation. Noteing that I have not read the book I think a more accurate title might have been BETHESDA: HOUSE OF MERCY OR HOUSE OF HORROR? I'm afraid for this Bethesda Boy it was A HOUSE OF HORROR AND NOT MERCY~
What A Grand Historical Surprise!  Jan 25, 2002
I am impressed with Beloved Bethesda. It is well crafted and painstakingly researched. It should be of interest to anyone who is a fan of early Georgia History. I hope it is being offered for purchase at historic sites,parks,etc. It would certainly fascinate anyone who is a Georgia history buff as it is a history continuum of this region.

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