The French Revolution

The French Revolution

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  • King Louis XVI called a meeting of the Estates-General to approve a new tax to fix the French economy. The Estates-General was made up of the wealthy, tax exempt clergy and nobles, and of the poor third estate who made up 97% of the population. After being locked out of the meeting room for asking for representation based on population in the Estates-General the Third Estate broke into a Tennis Court and swore not to leave until they created a new constitution.
  • A rumor spread that Louis wanted to send soldiers to stop the National Assembly. The National Assembly stormed the Bastille so that they had weapons to defend Paris. A mob of peasant women attacked Louis and Marie's palace, forcing the monarchs to move to Paris.
  • Death to all who fail to suport the revolution!
  • The National Assembly made many reforms. The RIghts of Man and Citizen were created and the power of the monarch was limited. Other European countries, like Prussia and Austria, fear similar revolutions so they waged war with France. The French monarchy ended when King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were executed by the guillotine for treason.
  • During the September Massacres, people who sympathized with the former monarchy were killed. Peasants stormed a prison and murdered the prisoners who were rumoured to wanting the restoration of the monarchy.
  • Maximilien Robespierre became a powerful revolution leader. He was called the "incorruptible," but allowed too much power to go to his head. He was responsible for the Reign of Terror, where anyone suspected of supporting the monarchy was executed by the guillotine. All of France was filled with paranoia.
  • After the execution of Robespierre, the Reign of Terror ended. The new, moderate, French government, called the Directory appointed Napoleon Bonaparte to be general. This marked the end of the French Revolution.
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