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  • France's Beginning
  • Our first and second estate groups are superior!
  • This treatment is unfair!
  • Classism In France
  • I wish I was born wealthy.
  • My estate group is lovely. My wonderful husband's wealth is the reason for my lavish lifestyle.
  • Revolution Continues
  • Something must be changed... but how?
  • France at this time was said to be the most advanced country in Europe. Their population was high, they were the center of enlightenment and they had great infrastructure. While this was very good for them, they also had negative aspects such as high taxes and civil unrest. This is seen well through France's classism.
  • The National Assembly
  • We will work together and soon defeat the first and second estate.
  • People lived within 3 social classes, or estates. The first estate consisted of wealthy individuals. The second contained rich nobles who owned nearly 20% of the land. The third estate, which consisted of 98% of the population, were typically the poorer ones and had to pay taxes.
  • The Assembly Takes Over
  • The group of people that fell into the category of the third estate were not happy with their living conditions. Their jobs were not well paying and the overtaxing on them made life harder. The cost of living eventually became too high and a starvation was occurring often.
  • The King's unfortunate faith
  • How can I prepare for that?
  • Annoyed with how they were being treated, the third estate decided to separate and start their own voting group, known as the National Assembly. This eliminated the power of the king and gave them more power. This was more of a representative type of government, which means the people elected lawmakers who are then held accountable for the activity within the government.
  • How mighty! How smart! We will soon be on top.
  • With this newfound power, the third estate makes the decision to attempt to overthrow King Louis. The king tries to avoid this by barricading himself with his mercenary swiss army guard, since he no longer had trust in his French soldiers. The third estate members grew more rebellious, as they began to raid homes and burned their tax papers, which lead to the king being forced out of his position.
  • I gotta get out of here before my family and I get hurt!
  • Prepare to be executed!
  • Once King Louis was overthrown, the Legislative Assembly was replaced by the National Convention, which proclaimed the abolition of the monarchy and the establishment of the French republic. On January 21, 1793, the King was sent to his death by guillotine for crimes against the state and high treason. His wife, Marie-Antoinette, was killed the same way 9 months later.
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