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Title: Russian serfs

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: 1855 or later

Editorial note: Fredson Bowers notes that this manuscript was written on wrapper stock for the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass (Whitman's Manuscripts, Leaves of Grass, 1860 [Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955], xli).

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images of the original item.

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00685

Contributors to digital file: Lauren Grewe, Nicole Gray, Ty Alyea, and Matt Cohen



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Russian serfs.

—It seems that the Russian empire, with a population of from 50 to 60 millions, has 40 millions of serfs, (or slaves)


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