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  • Paris, France February 1848. The city was tense. Revolution was in the air. Louis Phillipe's barely democratic government along with economic hardship fueled rebellion.
  • Riots began in Paris on February 22, 1848.  On February 24 Louis Phillipe gave the throne to his grandson. This didn't do anything to quell the angry public. A provisional republic was then declared. 
  • Various progressive reforms were made under the new republic. The right to vote was given to every man, slavery was abolished in the colonies and the death penalty was removed. 
  • Sadly, things weren't peaches and cream afterwards. The revolution was divided between conservative and radical Republicans. The conservatives were angered by the changes while the liberals wanted to establish socialism in France.  
  • The two groups were able to compromise and national workshops were established. Eventually, the time came for the French people to vote. The moderate Republicans became the majority party in the republic. Louis Blanc, the socialist representative in the executive committee was removed and the workshops were shut down.
  • The socialists revolted. Workers and other starving people fought trained soldiers. 10,000 people died in the clash. The rebellion was squashed and Louis Napoleon took control of the government. Another revolution had failed. 
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