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  • I simply don't understand why we are the ones working for our pay, just to give it to government to pay the rich folks taxes
  • Within government, each of the 3 Estates had unfair taxation or representation.  The 3rd Estate was the lowest class.  This class paid 50% of their total income to taxes.
  • Eventually, the 3rd Estate renamed themselves the National Assembly.  
  • When reformers in the 1st and 2nd Estates joined the National Assembly, King Louis XIV felt threatened and stationed troops in Paris.
  • People began to fear war after a mob of people stormed the Bastille prison in search of weapons and gunpowder.  This day later became know as 'Bastille Day' which is like the United States' Independence Day.
  • Radical Jacobins had tried King Louis XIV for treason, and he was executed by guillotine. 
  • Violence in France leads to a National Convention created by radicals.
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