French Revolution

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  • The French Revolution
  • 1789-1799
  • Before 1789-Causes
  • Peasants had to pay ridiculously high taxes even when they were in poverty (due to having to pay lots of taxes to their lords, the clergy, and the King), while the nobles and clergy didn't have to pay at all even though the peasants did more work!
  • We have no money or food to pay taxes!
  • Why should we have to pay when we work hard, while the nobles and clergy barely work yet don't have to pay taxes?
  • Before 1789-Causes
  • Since the peasants had no money to pay taxes, they were usually in debt, and wanted the King to lower taxes. However, the King ignored the pleas of the peasants and instead spent all of his money trying to fund the American Revolution. Since the King was no longer receiving money from taxes, he realized he was running out of money, and started taxing the nobles and the clergy (the Church). This made the nobles and clergy unhappy, which is why they decided to side with the already unhappy peasants. This also caused France's economy to plummet, causing France to become bankrupt/in debt.
  • Tax everyone!
  • Keep sending those troops overseas!
  • 1789-Estates-General
  • Eventually, the French people got fed up with the King, and got together to form the Estates-General in 1789 in order to try and come to a decision as to what they should do. This assembly was made up of the 1st estate (clergy), the 2nd estate (nobles), and the 3rd estate (peasants).
  • I will represent the nobles!
  • I will represent the clergy!
  • I will represent the peasants!
  • 1789-Estates-General
  • The Estates-General voted by estates, and since the 1st estate and the 2nd estate were the rich ones, they usually sided with each other, making the 3rd estate feel that the voting system was unfair. After 6 weeks of no progress, due to the 3rd estate wanting different things than the 1st and 2nd estate, the 3rd estate decided to make their own assembly.
  • Too bad! It's two against one!
  • That's not fair!
  • 1789-National Assembly
  • The 3rd estate was unhappy with the voting in the Estates-General, so they came together and formed the National Assembly of France. They declared all current laws to be illegal, and wanted to make fairer laws to pull France out of its economic crisis.
  • All current laws are illegal and should be abolished!
  • We will make better laws that will help France's economy!
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