This was law was created during Alexander II's reign. He and his father, Nicholas I, agreed that slavery, like that from America, was inhumane. So consequently, he changed things, with the Main Terms of Emancipation, in 1861. However, in Russia, since the seventeenth century, thre was not slavery as that in America, where it was much more serious (in here, it was abolished by presidencial order, four years later). During this time, it was also the beggining of expansion of schools.