The French Revolution Part 1
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French Revolution: Introduction
Factors that led to the Revolution
Meeting of the Estates General
The French Revolution was a time of need for the country of France. The three estates, or social classes, clashed for what they thought was right for the country. Many died during this tragic time.
The Tennis Court Oath
Factors involved with the beginning of the French Revolution include tension among estates, Enlightenment ideas, economic struggles, poor leadership, and lack of food.
The Storming of the Bastille
The Estates General was a meeting amongst the three estates. Each had one vote to represent their group. The first two estates always voted against the struggling third estate, until the commonfolk decided to change things.
The Great Fear
The third estate created their own part of government known as the National Assembly. Days after the Estates General meeting, they were locked out of their usual meeting place, so they broke down a door to a tennis court. While inside, they stated they would stay there until a constitution was created.
Rumors started traveling through Paris stating foreign enemies were going to kill French citizens. Third estate members started collecting weapons to defend themselves and raided the Bastille Prison for gunpowder. They took control of the prison, killed many of the guards, and put their heads on pikes.
The Great Fear a time where panic caused citizens of France to turn into outlaws. Third estate citizens burned the nobles' records of payments and houses.
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