French revolution

French revolution

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  • Third Estate Isn't Happy
  • Why should we pay all the taxes when that guy is in a higher estate and has more money
  • Louis and Marie Antoinette Bankrupt France
  • That's a great idea! Let's go shopping!
  • I already inherited debt, so I may as well keep spending France's money
  • Formation of the National Assembly
  • Since we make up the majority of the population, why don't we form our own voting group and take over!?!?
  • There were three classes in France, with the first two being the wealthiest and most priviledged. The third estate was comprised of 98% of France's population and paid all of France's taxes despite being the poorest group. This unfairness would later contribute to the revolution.
  • Assembly Takes Over Church Land
  • Look at all this land the Church owns. I bet we can take it and sell it so that we can start to pay off some of our debt.
  • That's not fair! I don't want the state to be in control of me, I want the way things to stay the same
  • King Louis spent much more money than he had available to him from taxes. This meant that he would need to raise taxes again to reform spending. Each estate got to vote on reforming these taxes, but since the first 2 estates don't pay anyways, it was voted 2 to 1 that taxes be reformed, leading to more unhappiness in the third estate.
  • Rioters Kill King Louis
  • The third estate created their own voting group known as "The National Assembly" because they knew that they were 98% of the population and wanted to get rid of King Louis. This new group was designed to be much more representative of the people instead of a minority.
  • Robespierre The Tyrant
  • In order to pay off the nation's debt, the National Assembly decided on selling Church lands. The Church had formerly been the largest landowner in France, but because the state took it, many people like Church officials and peasants living on the land began to draw away from this government.
  • France was doing poorly in a war with other eastern countries which led to groups of mobs gaining popularity. Some of these rioters were very angry with the king and decided to find him guilty for treason and punish him by beheading him. The people have decided against monarchy and gives power to the Legislative Assembly who will make laws.
  • (angry cheering)
  • Robespierre wanted to get rid of anything that had to do with a monarchy, yet he basically took power over everyone. He was allowed to decide who he trusted and could kill those that he didn't. After the National Convention met to figure out what to do with him, they decided to behead him.
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