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Was Slavery Worse Than Serfdom? Essay

  • Submitted by: jcarlin39
  • on November 18, 2013
  • Category: History
  • Length: 1,544 words

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Was Slavery worse than Serfdom:     By John M. Carlin

      There are a great many likenesses in the overall terms of service when analyzing that of the established African slave shipped to the Americas versus that of the Russian serf.   I am now confronting the question, “Was slavery worse than serfdom?”…   The answer does not come as easily as it seems that it should--- especially after committing to extensive research on   both   Russian serfdom and slavery in the Americas.   However, it seems most relevant to look at the process of placement into serfdom / slavery, the entitlements that the landowners / slave owners had over the people who worked their lands, the differences in obligations, and the average day-to-day lives of these two groups bound into servitude—in order to lean to a particular side of which one was “worse” than the other.   In this paper, I will briefly examine the transition of the peasant class of Russia into serfdom and the transition of the native African peoples who were captured and sold into slavery.   I will then compare aspects of life experience between these two groups once they were established into their destinies prior to the abolishment of the serfdom system by Tsar Alexander II in 1861 and the abolishment of slavery in the United States four years later.   These aspects through collected   information   should   then lead the reader to the side of belief that slavery was, overall, worse than serfdom.
    Before delving into the aspects of Russian serfdom, it must be stated that slavery actually existed in Russia along with serfdom until slavery was abolished by Peter the Great in 1723.   “Peter the Great also introduced land reforms, giving landowners considerably more control over peasants. These reforms supported the development of the Russian economy in the short term, but entrenched the system of serfdom which was to cause so much trouble for his ancestors.” (http://historyofrussia.org).   What was a serf?   A serf was, basically,...

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