The French Revolution Begins: Storyboard

The French Revolution Begins: Storyboard
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A visual representation on the controversial leaders of the French monarchy and how their poor leadership skills lead to a nation of havoc.

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  • High taxes on the Third Estate:  Although the majority of France's population in the 1770s belonged to the Third Estate, the privileges given to the First and Second Estates did not apply for members of the Third.  Despite their economic differences, all members of the Third Estate had to pay high taxes to the government.  The heavily taxed Third Estate was eager for change within the country.
  • Attempt to tax the nobles:  In order to solve France's debt problems, Louis XVI sought to impose taxes on the nobles of the Second Estate.  In response, members of the Second Estate forced the king to call a meeting of the Estates-General to approve this new tax.  Because the First and Second Estates had the majority over the third within the Estates-General, in order to avoid the tax they voted against it.  The Third Estate then formed the National Assembly, which would aim to form a new constitution.
  • Growing government debt:  The country sank into a debt during the 1770s and 1780s due to the extravagant spending of the king and queen, the imbalance of taxes, decrease in food supply, and by aiding the American Revolution the debt in France nearly doubled.  The debt eventually lead to the increase of taxes for the Third Estate, and the formation of the National Assembly.
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