French Revolution

French Revolution

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  • Radical Government 
  • Down with the Monarchy! The people need a republic!
  • Factions
  • I am a Montagnard! I belong to the most radical of the three factions! I am also part of a group called the Jacobins, who come from the lower class. 
  • I am a Girondin! We are the moderate faction. We resent the influence of the Paris mob on the revolution. We avoid extremes on both sides of the argument. 
  • I belong to the Plains faction! We are the swing voters of the Revolution. We sometimes support the Girondins and other times the Montagnards 
  • Radical Leaders 
  • The King must die so that the country can live!
  • The Revolution took an extreme turn when radical representatives took control of the National Convention in 1792. This caused France to change from a constitutional monarchy to a republic.
  • Execution of The King 
  • For the revolution!
  • While all the representatives in the National Convention supported the revolution, they separated themselves into three political factions: the Montagnards/Jacobins, the Girondins, and the Plain. 
  • Tightening Control
  • Maximilien Robespierre was the leader of the National Convention during one of the bloodiest eras of the Revolution. He is known for his radicalism and his intense dedication to the Revolution  
  • Transforming Society 
  • Come one, come all to the cult of the Supreme being! We will leave our old Christian ways behind and  focus on the Revolution!
  • Very shortly after the National Convention convened, the powerful Montagnards placed King Louis XVI on trial and sentenced him to execution.  
  • Aaaaahhhh!
  • The first step the National Convention took to tighten its control on France was establishing the Committee of Public Safety. This organization was in charge of managing the country's military defenses. They very quickly created a draft requiring all men ages 18-45 to join the army. 
  • The new administration not only changed the government of France, but they also attempted to reshape French society. They ordered all churches to be shut down and they replaced Christianity with a cult of the Supreme Being. In this cult, the Revolution was the subject of worship. 
  • Cult of the Supreme Being coming soon!
  • So many changes! First the church and now the calendar! And a metric system of weights and measures!
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