Abolitionism In Uncle Tom's Cabin

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American slavery and abolitionism have been one of the most popular themes in literature and film. Numerous movies and books denouncing slavery were created over the last half a century. In contrast, the Russian serfdom has been disregarded in film, literature and public discourse. This may be associated with a separation of the two concepts on a base of the cultural differences in the development of the two types of oppression and most importantly the different races of the oppressed population. Despite the fact that the area of comparison between Russian serfdom and American slavery is understudied a number of investigations reveal the crucial similarities in the patterns in development of the two systems. In one of such studies Hine (378-384) demonstrates the parallels between serfdom in Russia and slavery in America, which include common features in the treatment and position of slaves and serves. This paper will apply this parallels as the comparison criteria for the two fiction texts that depict one type of oppression each: Harriet Beecher Stowe 's Uncle Tom 's Cabin and Aleksander Radishchev 's Journey From Petersburg to Moscow. Through the comparison of the two texts the essay will argue that serfdom can be regarded as a form of slavery because despite the difference in the scale and race, oppression that existed in Russia and America was identical. Radishchev 's book was first published in 1790. This book reveals the problems in Russian social structure and draws
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