French Revolution

French Revolution

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  • Taxing of the Commoners
  • King Louis is taking all of our money! We can't live like this!
  • I hate the king!
  • King Louis' Poor Leadership
  • The Hallway of Mirrors is a beautiful addition to our castle, dear.
  • Tennis Court Oath
  • From now on, we will meet here until a constitution has been written!
  • Before the revolution,  France had developed an economical crisis. To mitigate this, King Louis decided to tax the poor. This didn't do much to help France's economic situation and instead did a lot to increase hatred from the poor toward the wealthy.
  • Storming of Bastille
  • King Louis' reckless usage of France's tight budget made the public enraged. They toiled in terrible living conditions everyday just to survive. If money was being spent cautiously by the higher-ups, then the living conditions would have eventually seen an improvement. However, the king didn't care to help about 26 million people if it meant that he could enjoy an even more extravagant lifestyle.
  • King Louis flees France 
  • One day, the Third Estate arrived to an Estates-General meeting. However, on this particular day, they found that the doors to the meeting room had been purposefully shut. They were being silenced.  The anger they felt in that moment lead them to meet at a nearby tennis court, and vow that they would finish a fair constitution for their country.
  • King Louis is no longer in power 
  • After an angry mob destroyed the Bastille. The prison had become a symbol of the monarchy's dictatorial rule, and the event became one of the defining moments in the Revolution that followed.
  • As the situation in France escalated beyond what was controllable by the current monarchy, King Louis decided that the best option was to flee the country. This was not a lasting solution to his problem.
  •  Louis XVI and his family attempt to flee Paris. French caricature, 1792. Louis and Marie-Antoinette were tried for treason and both were found guilty. He went to the guillotine in January 1793 and she met the same fate in October.    
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