Did You Know…Emancipation Manifesto

Did you know that on the 3rd of March 1861 Alexander II of Russia signed the Emancipation Manifesto which ended Serfdom throughout the entire of the Russian Empire. While this didn’t cover state owned serfs yet, it did mean that roughly 23 million people were freed of being private estate owned and domestic serfs. They could also now marry without having to gain the consent of their owner, own property and businesses, purchase the land allotted them by their previous owner, sue in the courts, and vote in local elections.

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