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American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination$
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Amanda Brickell Bellows

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469655543

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655543.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination
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Amanda Brickell Bellows

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655543.003.0001

The introduction provides an overview of the abolition of Russian serfdom in 1861 and American slavery in 1865. It explores how Americans and Russians of diverse backgrounds responded to emancipation through cultural production. They created textual and visual representations of African Americans and Russian peasants in fiction, poetry, illustrated periodicals, oil paintings, and advertisements. A comparison of these depictions reveals striking similarities and differences that show how people remembered or sought to portray serfdom, slavery, and the post-emancipation era.

Keywords:   serfdom, slavery, Russian serfdom, American slavery, emancipation, abolition, peasants, cultural production, representations

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