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Emancipation Proclamation And The Abolition Of Serfdom In Russia

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“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” This is a quote from Nelson Mandela and connects with the Emancipation Proclamation, and The Abolition of Serfdom in Russia perfectly. America and Russia had a major problem in the mid 1800’s. The problem was something we know very well today, it’s called slavery. When hearing about these two famous documents I have always wondered what problems and conditions did these two documents address, how did the two leaders solve the problem they faced, and the similarities and differences of these two documents.
First, the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect
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“President Lincoln justified the Emancipation Proclamation as a war measure intended to cripple the Confederacy. Being careful to respect the limits of his authority, Lincoln applied the Emancipation Proclamation only to the Southern states in rebellion” (Larkin 1). This meant that slavery was going to be abolished in the majority of the South. Those areas that weren't allowed to have slaves where, “Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth” (Lincoln 1). Even though slavery wasn't completely abolished, this played as a key stepping stone. December 18, 1865 was when slavery was completely illegal in America. However, if it wasn't for the Emancipation Proclamation we could still possibly have slavery…show more content…
When Alexander was welcomed to the throne he had a major problem he had to deal with right away. His military was very weak and that was something his people feared. However, he wasn't going to let that define him, and that’s why he came up with the Emancipation Manifesto. Since Russia just got defeated in the war he had to make something positive out of losing a war. His plan was to free the Serfs. He thought that this would help restore the Russian army. Alexander also made it very difficult for serf owners to come up with valuable reason to not free the Serf population. Alexander was very smart and, “he had made it very difficult for them either to resist his command or to blame him if their plans were subsequently shown to be faulty. This was evidence of the remarkable power and influence that the tsar exercised as absolute ruler” (Lynch 2). The landowners had to deal with the fact they weren't going to have any workers, but were okay with it because they still retained all of their land. Alexander made committees to make sure his plan would work, but another problem was how long it took. He had thousand of people sit in on these committees to help him draft a plan that would be reasonable to free this many people. When it was finally presented, in 1861, the Emancipation statute, which accompanied the Proclamation, contained 22 separate measures whose details filled 360 closely printed pages of
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