the french revolution

the french revolution

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  • The French Revolution
  • Role of the Enlightenment
  • Role of the Press 
  • The French Revolution was primarily based upon inequality and ignorance. There was a major gap between the first and third estates, so much so that the Monarchy didn't even realize how bad the first estate was struggling; meanwhile they continue to live their lavish lifestyle. In the end, the Monarchy is toppled and there is equality for all man.
  • Role of Women
  • The Revolution was based on the principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity. Philosophers of the Enlightenment favored limited monarchy, freedom of speech, and equality. 
  • Conditions in France
  • During the revolution, the press was a major source of the peoples hope and inspiration. Jean-Paul Marat was a writer whose newspaper impacted the people so heavily that after his death he is recognized as a martyr. 
  • Role of Mob Mentality
  • One woman who is highly known from the revolution is Charlotte Corday. Corday was responsible for the death of Marat. She claimed to have information for his newspaper, but came and killed him while he was in his bathtub. She was soon after caught and beheaded. 
  • During the revolution, people who were tried and found guilty for crimes worthy of the death penalty, were beheaded by the guillotine. These be-headings became so popular that they quickly became a gathering spot for the people of France. Cafes were named after the guillotine, souvenirs were given, and people traveled far distances to attend.
  • As wheat crops became scarce from a harsh winter, and prices started to skyrocket, many families were starving to death from lack of their main food source - bread. The women of France were furious, and heard rumors of the abundant supply of wheat at Versailles. They stormed the mansion demanding not only wheat, but for the king and queen to come live in the Paris palace. 
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