The French Revolution: A Revolutionary Government

The French Revolution: A Revolutionary Government

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  • Rights of Man and Citizen
  • Locked out of their meeting room, and rejected by the Estates-General for wanting population based voting, members of the Third-Estate broke into a Tennis Court. They swore not to leave until they created a new constitution.
  • The National Assembly created the French constitution, The Rights of Man and Citizen. This granted all French people with life, liberty, and fraternity. Creating this constitution, which was influenced by enlightenment thinkers, made them a legitimate government.
  • During the revolution, the state controlled the church. Church officials were elected and paid. Church land was sold to pay off France's debts. This angered French peasants since they were devout Catholics.
  • The National Assembly changed French society by limiting the powers of the monarchy. The government was split into three factions, Conservatives, Moderates, and Rebels. Rebels wanted the most change to society while Conservatives valued tradition.
  • The French government found King Louis XVI guilty of treason. He was executed with a guillotine. With him, the French monarchy died. Queen Marie Antoinette was also found guilty of treason and executed.
  • The Directory was a new national government that composed of five, Moderate men. The French Revolution ended and France was given a period of order when The Directory appointed Napoleon Bonaparte to be the general of France.
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