Bread costs too much! My family is going to starve!
I am Robespierre and I want peace. I hate the death penalty.
Jacob Matlock's Storyboard
This printing press allows me to speak my mind through the form of a newspaper.
During the 1780's, France had very little money and was very deeply in debt from fighting the Seven Years War and helping fight the British in the American Revolution. Due to the great debt, the prices of bread increased. The monarchy seemed very careless with their power and the French people had many misgivings towards the king and queen. Towards the end of the 1780's, the National Razor was instated and the killing began.
We will break in!
You need to live in Paris with the citizens!
The Enlightenment inspired some people, like Robespierre, to be antiviolence, or against the death penalty. Some people believed that all punishments should be humane.
We will take this building down brick by brick if we have to!
All people were allowed freedom of the press and some people, like Marat took advantage of it and had a newspaper. However, during the revolution, Robespierre instates censorship and takes it away.
Many historians say that women were the protagonist of the whole historical process. On October 5th and 6th of 1789, a large group of women marched to King Louis XVI's home in Versailles, broke in, and made him sign the Declaration of Rights of Man. They also protested the price of bread.
On July 14, 1789, a large group of angry citizens stormed the Bastille, and killed its governor. This sparked something called Mob Mentality. This was the mentality that the way to get what you want is through violence. This inspired other mobs like the Women's March on Versailles. Within this mentality, people began to rely less on facts and more on their emotions. They began to make rash decisions, and this was one of the many reasons why so many people were executed.