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  • Let's throw an extravagant party at the Versailles tonight!
  • In the Age of Absolutism King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were ruthless rulers of France.
  • We just had one last week but oh well it's not like we pay for it!
  • During this time there were three estates in the social classes, the 1st and 2nd were the wealthy ones. They used taxes to afford a lavish life.
  • Did you get the invite to the party? It's supposed to be bigger than the last!
  • Yes! Can't wait!
  • I might lose the farm, these taxes are ridiculous! I can't afford them.
  • But the 3rd estate was left to starve and pay all the taxes to pay for their lifestyle. Even the new middle class, the bourgeoisie, was labeled as poor and had no rights or representation. 
  • Well if they would stop using OUR tax dollars on parties we can't even go to maybe we'd be able to afford it.
  • What didn't help was a harsh winter that completely destroyed their crops. This left people dealing with the inflation of bread and they starved.
  • The bread is so expensive I can't even feed myself, let alone my kids!
  • In the midst of the Enlightenment and France's struggles, America had won independence from Britain. This sparked a revolutionary feeling in France. They wanted change and rights!
  • All men have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!!
  • Ultimately, this resulted in riots, attacks, and war: known as The French Revolution. Which gave us Bastille Day on July 14, 1789... The day the French won independence
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