Hell on Wheels. Top traits about Elam Ferguson, the former brave slave

Hell on Wheels. Top traits about Elam Ferguson, the former brave slave
Ignacio Zara
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Elam Ferguson (Common) in Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels TV series has a great cast. From Anson Mount (Cullen Bohannon) to Colm Meany (Mr Durant). How about Common? He plays the role as Elam Ferguson, the former brave slave.

Brave and handsome, Elam Ferguson was a former slave who is half-black and half-white because, in fact, his father was his former owner and he presumed that he raped his mother, a nice slave. Then, he has mixed feelings. Elam wants the privileges of white people, but he also hates them.

Being a little slave and in the plantation, his owner educated him on how to read and write. He believes it was just a parlor trick. Of course, Elam was clever and knows the deeper meaning of what he reads.

After the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, he had to work hard in the Union Pacific Railroad, where black people earned half wages than white people. He is absolutely angry.

Upon the arrival of Cullen Bohannon as supervisor at the Union Pacific Railroad, he was placed under his control becoming cross after learning that Bohannon was a former slave owner.

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Cullen Bohannon and Elam Ferguson fighting

However, Cullen Bohannon and Elam Ferguson have similar personalities and their lives are parallel. Are condemned to understand each other! A strange friendship. Bohannon teaches him to shoot the gun

Elam, always defiant, disobeys restrictions placed against the black workers by going into Hell on Wheels cathouse. There, he meet Eva. Immediately, both of them fall in love.

Elam is promoted to supervisor of the Union Pacific while Bohannon provides security during the peace talks between the Cheyenne tribesmen, and Senator Crane and Mr Durant. Now, he has the privileges of a white man and think about living with Eva.

Of course, Eva wants (and deserves) more and she marries Mr. Toole. A problematic loving group. Everything will finish dramatically. Mr. Toole will commit suicide and Eva will give her own daughter to a relative. This is the great sorrow of Elam Ferguson, perhaps the daughter’s father.

Hell on Wheels season 4 begins shooting in April, which in store? Do not miss it! Hell on Wheels rocks

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Elam Ferguson an Eva in Hell on Wheels

View Comments (3)
  • Astrid

    Hell on wheels rocks indeed.

    Spoiler alert for seasons 4.

    Hope Elam is still alive and kicking though !!! Indeed love the way he and Cullen are condemned to understand each other, hating and loving each other at the same time.

    I’m a big fan of Hell on Wheels, so I couldn’t resist adding a twist to the storyline myself for season 4, just for the fun of it. To quote @HoW_fans: Enjoy this entertaining creative Bohannon related fan fiction.

    I put some homework into this, so that the letter I’m reading, could really be a letter from the 19th century…

    Have fun !


  • Diane Hoover

    I love anything written on Hell on Wheels. I love the show, but there is too much killing. We need more stories, less killing. Your articles are good. When is the Season 4 coming out?

    • Thanks Diane. They don’t know. Begin to shoot in April.

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