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  • I have to borrow some money for the debt from the Seven Years War.  The third  Estate will pay the majority of taxes.
  • I'm starving!
  • Yeah, I am too, of course the cost of bread skyrocketed!
  • To defend our city we will attack the Bastille Prison.  We shall gather our weapons and gunpowder quickly.
  • The King had no other choice to raise taxes because of so much debt from the Seven Years War.  Also, he needed the money to maintain a lavish lifestyle.
  • Well, I don't agree with any reforms as well as the nobles agree.
  • As Third Estate members of the National Assembly, we demand you to make reforms based on your poor leadership.
  • As people started to face a famine the cost of bread bolted up and people started to eventually attack the bread carts and steal whatever they needed.
  • "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!"
  • Rumors were spread that Louis was going to use military force to dismiss the National Assembly.  On July 14, an angry mob went to the Bastille Prison and killed 1,000 prisoners.
  • Before the attack upon the Bastille Prison, King Louis XVI had been losing the power of the French government and the Third Estate wanted reforms to the government and that's when the National Assembly was formed.  This allowed the French people to pass laws and reforms.
  • Revolution leaders adopted this expression.  The leaders based this expression upon the Declaration of Independence when it stated: "Men are born and remain free and equal in rights."  The other parts that the slogan came from were the rights of liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression.
  • One of the National Assembly’s early reforms was to take over church lands and elect priests who were paid as state officials.  Proceeds from the sale of Church lands helped pay off France's huge debt.
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