French Revolution

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  • The idea of the French Revolution goes back to the 1780s. Heavy taxes and dramatic rises in product prices created a miserable environment for the French citizens.
  • Meanwhile, the king and queen of France pay no attention to the struggles of the people and continue to spend money they don't have.
  • Knowing that the royalty aren't doing anything to help them, the Third Estate creates the National Assembly on June 17, 1789. This decision was the first deliberate act of revolution.
  • After a riot against the Bastille, a period called the Great Fear sweeps through France where peasants attack manor houses armed with pitchforks and other tools.
  • In October of 1789, thousands of Parisian women turn to the National Assembly about the price of bread. When they refuse to act, the women turn their anger to the king and queen.
  • In an effort to save himself and his family, Louis XVI takes his family and leaves the Palace of Versailles thus ending the first half of the French Revolution.
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