Wednesday, July 23, 2014
 

The Other Emancipation of the 1860s: Freeing Russia's Serfs

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March 1, 2013 - March 1, 2013

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2013 is the sequicentennial of the emancipation of the slaves in the U.S. It is less well-known that there was another major emancipation in 1863 -- the emancipation of 22 million Russian serfs. While Tsar Alexander II issued an Emancipation Statute in 1861, the legislation did not take effect until 1863. Dr. Kolchin, Henry Clay Reed Professor of History at the University of Delaware and author of Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom, will be discussing the emancipation of the Russian serfs in comparative perspective with the emancipation of the slaves in the U.S. Peter Kolchin, who received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1970, specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. history, the South, slavery and emancipation, and comparative history. His books include First Freedom: The Responses of Alabama's Blacks to Emancipation and Reconstruction (1972, Revised Ed. 2008), Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom (1987), American Slavery, 1619-1877 (1993, revised ed. 2003), and A Sphinx on the American Land: The Nineteenth-Century South in Comparative Perspective (2003). Winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History, the Organization of American Historians' Avery Craven Award, and the Southern Historical Association's Charles Sydnor Award, he also holds the Francis Alison Award, the University of Delaware's highest faculty honor for research, teaching, and service. He is currently working on a comparative study of emancipation and its aftermath in Russia and the U.S. South.

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