France in the late 1780s was a place of political, economic, and social conflicts. There were many poor peasants and farmers who had little wealth. There were many rich people who kept the wealth. The people overthrew the king and queen. Here are three major events from the French Revolution.
Reign of Terror
I am Robespierre you must listen to me!
An angry mob attacked the Bastille prison because it was a symbol of the king's power. It was a step towards democracy because the mob did not want a king or queen.
An angry mob marched into Versailles because they were starving. This was a step towards democracy because it gave the people confidence and power to stand up to the king.
We have no bread
Robespierre controlled the Committee of Public Safety, and his task was to protect the revolution from enemies. He thought many French citizens were enemies and had many people unfairly executed.
No I am innocent!
There were many effects of the French Revolution. The King and Queen were overthrown and replaced by Napoleon, many people were killed, and conditions got worse for the people. It was a step towards democracy because they overthrew the monarchy, but it was NOT a success because Napoleon crowned himself emperor, and the people did not get the right to vote.