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Russia abolished serfdom several years before America abolished slavery.

Two years < several.  1861-1863.  And of course in America, we had the more "advanced" race-based slavery. :-/  We imprisoned whites, exterminated Native Americans and enslaved blacks, though not universally on any of the three counts.

And 1861 was like, a long time ago!

A matter of perspective.  My paternal grandfather was born in 1850.

But it could rub someone that way.

Anyone we know?  Some folks are just plain touchy! ;-)    

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jul 12th, 2008 at 04:41:41 PM EST
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