World history moment: Czar Alexander II emancipates Russian serfs

World history moment: Czar Alexander II emancipates Russian serfs
World history moment: Czar Alexander II emancipates Russian serfs

World history moment: Czar Alexander II emancipates Russian serfs

On February February 19, 1861 Czar Alexander II emancipated Russia’s serfs. Historian John Schmidt explains how it happened. PHOTO: Czar Alexander II of Russia (Wikimedia Commons)