Rethinking Revolution: Reconstruction

Hell On Wheels


Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Mount) 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, raucous, 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 institutionalized 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 our nation's history and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be.


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MikeF, the link to the video appears to be broken. Overall that is an excellent choice of study as it is Ring #3 (Infrastructure) of Warden's rings and one of the most misunderstood rings of. The PRIMARY PURPOSE of Infrastructure is to CONNECT the System together!!! Shatter the Infrastructure and you shatter the system. W.T. Sherman new this better than anybody and Lincoln new it was the key to rebuilding the country but he never got a chance to do it.


This is a preview of a forthcoming interview with Mark Grimsley, one of our foremost Civil War historians. One really good book by him is "The hard hand of war: Union military policy toward Southern civilians, 1861-1865."

"Fearful that 'the hope of reconstruction was a latent sentiment in the bosom of the Southern community,' Confederate nationalists portrayed the enemy as devils and blackguards in a bid to create an unbridgeable chasm to reunion."

Mark and I are going to talk Reconstruction as an Insurgency.