We're all starving!! This is completely unacceptable.
Pay your taxes!!!
A bad harvest had led to a food shortage. This caused their to be dramatic rising prices for food and left many people unemployed. The peasants relied on their job which was to harvest crops and due to the bad harvest, many peasants lost the opportunity to receive the little bit of money they needed to survive. Bread was the most important food for France at the time, with a bad harvest came no wheat, with no wheat there was no food. Those who had bread were most likely wealthy. As for the peasants, they broke into bakeries and stole bread just to feed their families.
Estates General Meeting/ Tennis Court Oath
We want equality!! We've had ENOUGH!!
The clergy nor the nobles had to pay the taille, France's chief tax. The peasants were the ones who had to pay taxes. For example, a peasant would have to pay a fee to grind his or her flour or to press his or her flour mill and wine press. Besides that, they would still have to pay other taxes such as property tax.
Storming of the Bastille
Enlightenment philosophies played an important role in the French Revolution. They influenced people to believe that they did not have remain under the rule of an absolute monarch and that they should use reason to solve their problems instead of following the same rules. After this, people started somewhat rebelling against their ruler.
Women's March to Versailles
The General-Estates meeting consisted of the First, Second, and Third Estate. During the meeting, the Third Estate wanted to set up a constitutional government that would make the clergy and the nobles pay taxes as well. The Third Estate was raged and swore that they would continue meeting until they had a new constitution which became known as the Tennis Court Oath.
After the Tennis Court Oath, 900 Parisians gathered in the courtyard of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. They stormed the Bastille and fought for four hours. The people ended up destroying Bastille and cut off the warden's head.
On October 5, thousands of Parisian women armed with broomsticks, pitchforks, and other weapons marched to Versailles. Some of the women met with the king and demanded for bread. He had refused to accept the National Assembly's decree before but finally accepted.