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Updated: 2/19/2020
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  • For two decades, France experienced a time of poor harvests, starvation, droughts, and cattle diseases while their rulers exploited their resources and did not aid the country. Strongly desiring reforms, The National Assembly (the nation’s people excluding clergy and nobles/Third Estate) gathered together on June 20th, 1789 and vowed to stay together until there was a constitution. This act became known as the Tennis Court Oath.
  • Queen Marie Antoinette
  • King Louis XVI
  • July 14th, 1789: Bastille was a place that imprisoned people who disagreed with the government. An angry mob chose this significant location and successfully attacked the fort. This event is arguably the first major event of the French Revolution and aided the fall of the oppressive French monarchy.
  • Bastille
  • Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!!!
  • August 26, 1789: The National Assembly created and issued the Declaration of the Rights of the Man and of the Citizen in model of the United States’ Declaration of Independence. This document replaced the “ancien régime” with a system based on equality, freedom of speech, popular sovereignty, and representation in the government.
  • Declaration of the Rights of the Man and of the Citizen(1789)
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Marquis de Lafayette
  • Queen Marie Antoinette
  • August 10th, 1792: Extreme radicals of the National Assembly, the Jacobins, attacked the royals of Paris, arrested and later on killed King XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. The French monarchy was abolished, establishing the French Republic. Following this creation, the Reign of Terror took place; over the course of 10 months, over 17,000 suspected enemies were beheaded under the Jacobins.
  • King Louis XVI
  • Maximilien Robespierre
  • Napoleon Bonaparte soon arrived into the revolution, commanding a French army that defeated many of the major enemies in the war like Austria. He overthrew the politically corrupt Directory that was aiding the French government and became France’s “first consul.” By taking power in France in November 1799, Bonaparte officially ended the French Revolution.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • A representational, democratic government was established and the church was separated from the state through the desecration of catholic cathedrals. People became free as feudalism came to an end and slavery was finally abolished. France’s lawful liberty, freedom, and rights were ultimately achieved as a result of the French Revolution.
  • July 14, 1789 French Independence Day
  • Freedom!!!
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