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  • After France falls into financial difficulties following the war, King Louis XVI senses the rising trouble and tries to stem it before it can grow any further. This is the first time the Estates-General has been called in almost 180 years, since 1614.
  • May 5, 1789 King Louis XVI calls the Estates-General
  • The Third Estate forms the National Assembly, an independent group “of the People,” and as the National Assembly(not the third estate) they swear to the Tennis Court Oath. This is the first action they made by the Third Estate to assert their independence, and the first time they publically opposed the king.
  • Before 1789-Causes
  • The angry mobs swarm the Bastille, not only because of its status as an icon of the monarchy’s tyranny, but because of the weapon stores inside. This is the second public opposition against the king, and the first violent one.
  • July 14, 1789 The Storming of the Bastille
  • Inspired by the American Declaration of Independence, the Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen is drawn up and outlines equality and independence for all men under the state. Even though it was one of the main documents of the revolution, women and slaves were not covered under this.
  • August 26, 1789 The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen
  • July 12, 1790 The civil constitution of the clergy goes into effect
  • The newest civil constitution of the clergy forces the papacy of the first estate to swear their primary allegiance to the king, not to religion. The church is also to give its currently owned lands to the state, thus beginning the secularization of France.
  • June 20, 1791 Royal family tries to leave France
  • King Louis XVI and his family attempt to flee to Austria to escape the upheaval in France, but are recognized and intercepted at the border and placed under house arrest for attempting to abandon their country.
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