French Revolution

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  • The French Revolution
  • Why do we have to pay taxes but they don't?
  • We don't have to pay taxes!
  • We shouldn't have to pay taxes anymore!
  • We should form a group that can make the laws better so we won't have to pay as much!
  • We can call ourselves the National Assembly!
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  • Give us your guns and gunpowder!
  • Peasant had to pay so many taxes that sometimes they didn't have enough to buy food for themselves. The nobles didn't have to pay any taxes.
  • Let's make a Declaration of Rights kind of like what the US colonies did!
  • Yeah! We can call it the Declaration of Rights!
  • The Third Estate was tired of being pushed around when making the laws. They decided that they wanted all three estates to meet and that each delegate would get a vote.
  • Why should we sell the church's land?
  • It will help pay off our debts
  • A mob searching for guns and gunpowder stormed the prison called Bastille on July 14. They chopped off one of the guards heads and paraded it around the city on a pike. This became a tradition during the French Revolution.
  • The National Assembly adopted a statement of revolutionary ideals. It was called the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. It said that "men are born and remain free and equal in rights." These rights were "liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression."
  • Most of the National Assembly's earliest reforms dealt with the Church. They declared what used to be Church lands as state land. They sold much of the Church's land to pay off their debts.
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