Stages of the French Revolution
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The Tennis Court Oath: May/June 1789
The Storming of the Bastille:July 14, 1789
The Decree Abolishing the Federal System: August 4, 1789
The Tennis Court Oath was a covenant signed by members of the third estate where they agreed not separate until a Constitution had been written and approved. After the Estates General failed, they moved their deliberations to an indoor real tennis court.
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen: August 27, 1789
A mob of Parisian revolutionaries stormed and attacked the Bastille, a royal fortress that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs.
The Women's March on Versailles: October 5-6, 1789
After Bastille, members from the third estate began to rebel and take up arms against nobles and clergy members who for generations had controlled and mistreated them. The national Assembly reacted to this outrage by aboloshing the federal system.
The Constitution of 1791: September 3, 1791
This declaration was made to be a reminder to the country and the government leaders that everyone should have equal rights. Their duty was to serve all citizens, not just the higher class induviduals.
Because of a lack of bread for their families, an angry mob of nearly 7,000 working women, armed with pitchforks, pikes and muskets, marched in the rain from Paris to Versailles .
The French constitution was created by the National Assembly. It retained the monarchy, but sovereignty effectively resided in the Legislative Assembly, which was elected by a system of indirect voting.
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