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Hell on Wheels - The Railroad Job - 9/9/2012

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by DouglasPHill, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. john4200

    john4200 Active Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    I thought it did. Unless I am mis-remembering, his mother was a slave and his father was a slave owner. I thought Elam told Bohannan that when they were camped out one night last season.
  2. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    I remember this now that you mention it.

    Aren't the black railroad workers all ex slaves? The only way slaves got lighter skin was if somebody in the master's lineage was messing around with a female slave. All the other black workers have dark skin. Elam is the only one with a lighter complexion.

    I don't know why I just thought of this but shouldn't there be at least one black whore in camp?
  3. tiams

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    Yes, Elam's father is a white man who owned his mother. I recall that his father would bring him into the big house and taught him to read.
  4. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    There were whores of all ethnicities in the salons back then. They often (not always) discriminated on patrons served but they tended to provide a variety of women. Maybe it is because the town isn't really developed yet.

    Speaking on ethnicities. I read on wiki that one of the complaints was the lack of Chinese workers. Their excuse was to focus on Union Pacific due to budget -- the one line that didn't have the Chinese working it.
  5. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    Or a woman messes around with a male slave. The child is usually given up after birth if they can't pass though.

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