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Real History of Hell on Wheels – A Post-Civil War America

Hell on Wheels, AMC’s newest original series, transports audiences back to post Civil War America and examines the struggles and hardships of rebuilding and repairing our country after the bloodiest war on American soil. The show examines the railroad’s institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during Reconstruction, and the ravaging of the Native American land and people, in the name of progress. Over time, Hell on Wheels chronicles this potent turning point in our nation’s history, and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be.

The confederacy’s surrender at Appomattox signaled the official end of the American Civil War in 1865. The war ultimately took the lives of over 600,000 and injured more than 725,000 confederate and Union Soldiers over its four-year run. Of those who lived through it, left were the thousands of displaced soldiers, the 3.5 million newly emancipated slaves and the many millions more immigrants who were eager for new direction and new work… Work many found on the burgeoning transcontinental railroad.

Check back tomorrow to learn about another real-life inspiration behind Hell on Wheels, AMC’s newest original series.

Hell on Wheels premieres Sun., Nov. 6 at 10/9c.

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