Tennis Court Oath

Tennis Court Oath
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  • The tennis court oath took place on June 17, 1789 and was instrumental to the lasting effects of the French Revolution. The oath was a pledge signed by members of the third estate who were also known as the bourgeoisie. The bourgeoisie met because they were excluded from a meeting of the Estates General and felt they were not represented. Due to a lack of available meeting locations, the bourgeoisie literally met in an indoor tennis court. At this meeting the third estate pledged that they would not stop or disband until a new constitution was written and established. The leaders and representatives of the third estate who were responsible for the Tennis Court Oath were known as the National Assembly. This group eventually became the legislature for the French government.
  • "We swear never to separate ourselves from the National Assembly, and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the realm is drawn up and fixed upon solid foundations"
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