Letter from Alexis De Tocqueville

April 11, 1856

The author says, in part, ” I am pained and astonished by the fact, that the freest people in the world is, at the present time, almost the only one among civilized and Christian nations which maintains personal servitude; and this, while serfdom itself is about disappearing, where it has not already disappeared, from the most degraded nations of Europe…”