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Title: Russian serfs

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1855 and 1860

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00685

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the marginalia and annotations, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: At one point, this manuscript likely formed part of Whitman's cultural geography scrapbook. 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).

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

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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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