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Fordham Conversations: The Contradictions of Fair Hope

by Robin Shannon, Alen Kanlic
Robin sits down with S. Epatha Merkerson and Aimee Cox.

Cynthia O'Connor

This week we look at why Alabama's "Fair Hope" society is struggling to survive.

In the post-civil war south, many freed slaves relied on self-help groups known as benevolent societies to  bury their dead.  In a new documentary titled “The Contradictions of Fair Hope” we look at the evolution of one particular Alabama society called "Fair Hope", and why its survival is arguably a struggle between heaven and hell.

On this week’s Fordham Conversations, WFUV’s Robin Shannon talks with the films Executive Producer and Co-Director S. Epatha Merkerson and Cultural Anthropologist and Fordham Professor Aimee Cox.

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The Contradictions of Fair Hope



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