Hey mom, we are starting to learn about the French Revolution in school. Do you know anything about it?
That’s great honey! Actually, our ancestors were members of the Convention during the French Revolution.
What was the Convention?
The Convention was a group of people who were put in place by the Legislative Assembly to create a new constitution for France in 1792.
What was the first thing the Convention did when they came together?
They abolished monarchy and made France a republic. Which meant King Louis XVI did not have any power anymore. This was a big step in French history because the King’s family had been ruling France through absolute monarchy since 1589.
We, the Convention, now declare France a republic!
Wow! What else did the Convention do for France during the Revolution?
Many things! The Convention brought the metric system to France, made laws of equality, legalized divorce, and they also made a new calendar during de-Christianization, and made two new laws.
What were the two new laws?
One was the Law of the Maximum which was a law that set a maximum price of bread for all of France. The Convention also created the Law of Suspects which limited the judicial protections for those accused of crime and expanded the definition of what a political crime was, which caused the Terror.