We all need to pledge that we will not separate, until a constitution of 1791 is signed.
Storming of the Bastille
We want the power
This revolution must start now!!
The three estates met together because there was a financial crisis, and it needed to be fixed. The voting order was one vote for each estate. The third estate was hoping that a big change would be made that would help their quality of life. This event was a step away from Democracy because it continued the unfair monarchy ruling/stayed bad the way it was.
The March on Versailles
We want to see the king!
We need food!!!
The National Assembly was not happy with the results of the meeting. They all decided together that they were not going to leave until they got what they wanted, which was a new constitution that practiced better equality. This was a step towards democracy because it showed unity and the desperate need for no more absolute power.
The Reign of Terror
You supported King Louis so you must due
On July 14, 1789 the people of France violently attacked the French government in large numbers. This storming of the Bastille sort of kicked off/started the French revolution. The Bastille was a state prison, and an important place that the revolutionaries knew would tell the world how they felt if attacked. This was a step towards democracy because it started the revolution which eventually resulted in the republic government type that France has in place today.
The Rise of Napoleon
On October 4th, 1789 lots of women and even some men marched to Versailles. The king agreed to have a couple women meet with him to represent the crowd. As a result of the march and meeting, the king promised to distribute bread to the crowd and return with them to Paris. This can be seen as a step towards democracy because it shows the king caring about the quality of the women's lives and respecting their rights.
After the first French Republic Robes-Pierre started to make a name for himself as a key part of the french revolution. The reign of terror was a violent period in which many people were executed by guillotine. The reason people were being executed was because they were not loyal to the revolution and supported King Louis. This was a step towards democracy because it increased the number of revolutionaries. I think that this increased the number of revolutionaries because they either got rid of the disloyal or put fear in them to change their idea of the revolution. And obviously the revolution was what created the democracy eventually.
Please don't kill me Robes-Pierre
Napoleon accomplished great things during his time as emperor. For starters, he was a genius war strategist and eventually gained almost full control of Europe. Napoleon had reforms so crucial and important that they are still used today. His reforms included religious freedoms, good education, equality, etc. He also made mistakes such as the continental system, invading Russia, and not recognizing women's rights. Napoleon's reign was definitely a step towards democracy because he welcomed enlightenment ideas which brought fairness and equality.