Stages of the French Revolution: Phases One and Two by Constantine Verros
Stage One: 1784-88 -France has major financial difficulties
Ma'am, they're protesting . They have no bread money.
They can eat cake!
Stage Two: 1784- Third Estate citizens are dissatisfied with the higher estates, form groups to protest
Here's my proposition for my taxes on the Third Estate...
Nah we're out.
Stage 3: 1789- French citizens make demands the controlling body won't abide to
France was going broke for many reasons. One was their newly proclaimed alliance with America. They spent a lot of money on the war they got themselves involved in. Secondly, they only taxed the third estate. The third estate consisted of many broke people, so many couldn't actually pay the taxes. When the people who did pay's taxes were collected, the first and second estate used them on luxury items instead of spending it on the economy and infrastructure.
Stage 4: 1789, Storming of the Bastille-The controlling body uses force against the citizens and fails
Can you please just give us rights and a few of your things?
The Third estate started meeting in groups to protest what was going on with their government. They had an estates general meeting and became so unhappy that they broke off, forming the National Assembly. The Assembly's goal was to represent the rights and privileges the Third Estate was looking for.
Stage 5: 1789- The citizens take control of France
The first and second estate have been defeated. France will now be governed by the national assembly!
Citizens grew more upset at the selfish government controlling their country. They traveled to a nearby tennis court and made the Oath of the Tennis Court. In that oath, members of the assembly promised to the Assembly and to themselves that they would assist in the effort to make their own constitution, and earn the privileges that are rightfully theirs.
I'm done with the first and second estates. Lets make an oath to write a Declaration !
The storming of the Bastille was a protest that was created do to the way the citizens felt that they were being treated. They were protesting at the Bastille because they wanted guns and cannons because they couldn't pay for them. Instead of giving them the cannons, they fought against the citizens but failed. The citizens took what they needed and freed 7 prisoners.
Nah. I'm just gonna shoot you.
The 98% of France declared war on the 2% of France. The majority of France won the civil war in a brief time frame. The national assembly took over France. There were no estates anymore. The Declaration of the Rights of man applied to everyone and everyone was equal.