We refuse to accept the old rules, and we think the idea of liberty and equality of land is important.
Why are you leaving us?
After helping the US in war and collecting little tax, now France is bankrupt.
Third Estate declares themselves as the National Assembly; Oath of the Tennis Court
We don't have to be apart of that we can make our own general, the National Assembly is what we are, not the Third Estate.
After realizing that France had some problems, the king was forced to call an Estate General . At this meeting their were all three estates, the first which was the king, second was nobles, knights, etc, and lastly it was all the peasants in the town.
Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen Approved by the National Assembly of France, August 26 1789 1. Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good. 2. The aim of all political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible right of man. These rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression Etc.
Following the old rules, after the meeting the Third Estate was suppose to vote on their own. But, they refused to so they left and broke off.
Bastille, July 14
After breaking off the Third Estate met in a indoor tennis court and called themselves the National Assembly, and all did the Oath of the Tennis Court.
Oath of the Tennis Court
The National Assembly passed the Declaration of Rights of Man, this document was a statement of the principles of the revolution. Also, it declared that all people had the rights of freedom and equality.
On July 14, groups of people armed themselves and marched to Bastille and demanded for the government to give them their cannons and other weapons, soon it became a battle because of confusion. In the end, seven prisoners were freed and a couple governors, soldiers and officials were killed. This was the first opening battle of the French Revolution