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  • The National Assembly was made up of the Third Estate. They proclaimed the end of monarchy and the beginning or representative government. The first deliberate act of revolution.
  • With rumors shaking fear in French citizens, on July 14, a mob seized control of the Bastille. The fall of the Bastille became a great symbolic act of revolution to the French people.
  • "...men are born and remain free and equal in rights."
  • Noble men made grand speeches, declaring their love of liberty and equality. The national Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
  • The new constitution created a limited constitutional monarchy and a new legislative body, the Legislative body.The question on how to handle the remaining problems of food shortages and government debt cause the LA to split into three general groups; radicals, moderates, and conservatives.
  • Robespierre assumes control of France declaring to build a "republic of virtue" by wiping out every trace of France's past.
  • Fearing for their own safety some members of the National Convention turning on Robespierre.After is execution the reign of terror ended. In 1795, moderate leaders in the convention drafted a new plan of government. It placed power in the hands of the upper middle class and called for a two house legislative and an executive body of five men, known as the Directory. They gave their troubled country a period of order.
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