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New views about power and government were spreading among the 3rd estate. Members of the 3rd estate began to question the structure of society. So members started demanding equality, liberty, and democracy.

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  • We demand equality, liberty, and democracy!
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  • New views about power and government were spreading among the 3rd estate.  Members of the 3rd estate began to question the structure of society. So members started demanding equality, liberty, and democracy.
  • We are not leaving until there is a new constitution!
  • In the 1770 and 1780's, Frances government declined suddenly into debt. The costly spending of Louis XV1 and Marie Antionette.was part of the problem. As queen of France, Marie spent so much money on gowns, jewels, gambling, and gifts that she became known as "Madame Deficit".
  • The Second Estate forced Louis XVl to call a meeting of the Estates-General, an assembly of representatives from all three states, to approve a new tax. In a speech made by Sieyes, he suggested that the Third Estate name themselves that National Assembly and pass laws in the name of French people.
  • After the General Estates assembly, the Third Estate delegates found themselves locked out of the meeting room. Instead, they broke down a door to an indoor tennis court and pledged to stay until a new constitution is drawn up.
  • On July 14, a mob searching for gunpowder and arms stormed the Bastille. . The mob over- whelmed the guard and seized control of the building. The angry attackers hacked several guards to death, and then paraded around the streets with the dead men's heads on pikes.
  • The National Convention had reduced Louis XVI's role from that of a king to that of a common citizen and prisoner. Now, guided by radical Jacobins, it tried Louis for treason. The Convention found him guilty and sentenced him to death. On January 21, 1793, Louis XVl was beheaded by a machine called the guillotine.
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