The Causes of the French Revolution

The Causes of the French Revolution

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  • The nobles have all the money and we still have to pay taxes.
  • Work
  • I'm sick of working until my hands are raw and still worrying that there isn't going to be food on the table. 
  • Money
  • Well, I don't really see a problem. I'll just wait a little longer until things are really bad.
  • Sir, what do you what to do, we're running a little low on money?
  • Yes, your highness.
  • I need more dresses. Oh, and while you're out, get me some necklaces.
  • Did you hear? Bread price rose again!!!
  • Are you kidding me? I already couldn't afford it. 
  • Bread
  • What!?! It rose again!
  •  I've been working so hard, but taxes take all of the money for food.
  • The third estate mainly consisted of peasants and the workers of France. Even though they put in all the work they paid almost all the taxes. This left the third estate with little money. They would barely have enough money to put food on the table, let alone pay taxes. This made them angry and eager for change.
  • The king locked us out of the room!
  • We can break down the door to the tennis court!
  • I'm not taking this let's break the door down!
  • Marie Antoinette spent so much money that she became known as "Madame Deficit". She would spend her money on dresses, jewelry, and gifts for herself.  Both Louis and the Queen would spend money entertaining or pleasing themselves instead of spending it on the people. When Louis came to the throne France was already in debt. During his reign, Louis made the debt much worse. He put off dealing with the emergency until there was basically no money left.
  • Royals?!?
  • We won't get caught, darling. 
  • Who's that?!?
  • Father, what if we get caught?
  • Since the 3rd estate had to pay almost all of the taxes most of them could not afford bread. When the price of bread doubled in 1789 many of the people could not pay for the bread and therefore starved. A group of Parisian women rioted against the rising price of bread. They broke into the palace and killed some guards. 
  • We need to change everything, the calendar shall no longer have Sunday on it! Close all the churches, nothing will be the same!
  • Execution
  • Yes, Sir.
  • When the Third Estate wanted to meet to discuss a new constitution, Louis locked them out of their meeting room. The delegates broke down the door to an indoor tennis court and pledged to stay until they had created a new constitution. This is known as the Tenis Court Oath. After this nobles and members of the clergy joined the Third Estate.
  • Door
  • After the revolution, some of Louis's advisers told him that it wasn't safe for him or his family anymore. Louis disguised his family as peasants and headed for Austria. Just before they made it to the border they were caught and brought back to Paris. This made Louis even less liked by the French because he was willing to abandon his country. Later Louis was trialed for treason and executed. 
  • After the Revolution Maximilien Robespierre became the leader of the Committee of Public Saftey. He became a dictator and ruled for the next year. His rule was known as the Regin of Terror. He wanted to get rid of all the things that reminded him of France's past. For example, He considered Sunday's as religious, old-fashioned and dangerous, so they were disposed of. That is also why he shut all the churches down. By the end of his Regin, more than 40,000 people were executed. Most of them were peasants.
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