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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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Radical Literature on the Eve of Emancipations

Radical Literature on the Eve of Emancipations

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American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination

Amanda Brickell Bellows

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter compares antiserfdom and antislavery literature produced on the eve of the abolition of Russian serfdom and American slavery. It studies Nikolai Nekrasov’s poetry, Aleksei Pisemskii’s A Bitter Fate, Martha Griffith Browne’s fictional Autobiography of a Female Slave, and Louisa May Alcott’s short stories. With different degrees of success, these authors used similar strategies to transform public opinion toward Russian serfs and enslaved African Americans.

Keywords:   abolition, antislavery, antiserfdom, literature, Nikolai Nekrasov, Aleksei Pisemskii, Martha Griffith Browne, Louisa May Alcott

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