Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad – an engineering feat unprecedented for its time. The series documents the railroad s engineering and construction as well as institutionalised greed and corruption, the immigrant experience and the plight of newly emancipated African-Americans during Reconstruction. Hell on Wheels chronicles this potent turning point in North Americas history and how uncivilised the business of civilisation can be.
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