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  • The French Revolution and the beginning of a new United States of America both happened in 1789
  • King Louis XVI Queen Marie Antoinette
  • Financial support of the American Revolution led to near collapse of the French government’s finances.
  • The power of nationalism was first experienced during the French Revolution and it is still powerful in existing nations and emerging nations today.
  • The French Revolution spread the principles of liberty and equality, which are held dear by many nations and individuals today.
  • No one should be disturbed for his opinions, even in religion Every citizen may speak, write, and print freely Taxes levied according to ability to pay The question arose whether “all citizens” included women. At first Louis XVI refused to accept the laws of the National Assembly but was later forced to sign under duress.
  • The First Estate: the clergy. The clergy were exempt from the taille, France’s chief tax.
  • The Second Estate, the nobility, held many of the leading positions in the state. They did not pay ANY taxes.
  • The Third Estate, included everyone else from rich and educated bourgeois to poor illiterate peasants. About 98 percent of the population.
  • Louis XVI needed money and was finally forced to call a meeting of the Estates-General, the French parliament which had not met since 1614, 175 years!
  • End of the Monarchy
  • Louis XVI accepted the Constitution and the National Assembly this signified the end of the power of the monarchy in France. The French Revolution was about to enter a more radical phase.
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