France fell into financial crisis due to borrowing money and wars. The people knew they were in trouble so they all met up and decided to vote on solutions. They voted by order. But the third estate was always outvoted, they were no where near a democracy.
The March on Versailles
Okay! Okay! Leave me alone!
After being neglected, the third estate took things into their own hands. They took a pledge to stay together, this was the beginning of the National Assembly. Finally, they were close to a democracy.They later wrote the Constitution of 1791, which was the first written constitution in France.
The Reign of Terror
This isn't fair! You have to stop!
On July 14, 1791 Parisians stormed the Bastille, a prison in Paris. They demanded gun power but were denied and attacked. This resulted in the commander getting killed. It was later remembered as a symbolic day for the revolution. The people saw what they could achieve, this pushed them closer to the democracy they wanted.
The Rise of Napoleon
Not to fear, I am here to help.
The French women were mad after everything the Kind had done. They demanded that King Louis come back to Paris and give bread for their families. The King met with some of the women and promised to distribute all the bread in Versailles to the crowd. They came closer to their goal of democracy.
Give us bread!
After the first french republic, terror rained down on the people. People, mostly the third estate, were getting killed by the guillotine, for unreasonable things. People knew their chances of having a democracy were slowly decreasing.Luckily, Robespierre advocated for basic human rights and brought like to the governments wrong doing.
No, don't do this!
After the gruesome Reign of Terror, a man named Napoleon came to lead. His military success made people believe he would be a good leader. He embraced Enlightenment reforms, and the people thought they were safe.Until in 1804 when Napoleon named himself emperor, people were hit with the reality that they were further away from a democracy.