Story of the French Revolution

Story of the French Revolution

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  • France is Broke
  • The Third Estate Forms the National Assembly
  • The Storming of the Bastille
  • France is not raising enough taxes and are spending too much on war. The food prices were high but pay was low. King Louis had many riches because of the all the money from the French going towards his castle.
  • The Declaration Rights Appointed by the National Assembly
  • The court, controlled by the nobles, ruled that the group should meet according to its old rules. This meant that each estate met and voted seperately. The officials of the Third Estate refused to accept the old rules and to start to gather new ideas of liberty and equality in the land. At an indoor tennis court on the palace grounds they declared themselves the NAtional ASsembly. Inside France, people were divided over a new law of the National Assembly. Religious Catholics turned against the revolution and fighting broke out in the provinces against the revolutionary government.
  • King is Beheaded for Treason
  • People were nervous about the soldiers in Versailles. Groups of people began to arm themselves. On July 14, one group set off for the Bastille, a fortress and prison in Paris. The enraged crowd surged into Bastille and killed the governor, soldiers, and other officials. 
  • The Committee of Public Safety
  • The National Assembly passes the Declaration of the Rights of Man, Later in August, the National Assembly passed the Declaration of the Rights of Man. The document was stating the principles of the revolution. The assembly declared that all people had the rights of freedom and equality.
  • King Louis tried to secretly leave Paris or flee the country to join his brother and other nobles. He was stopped and brought back to Paris. There, the National Assembly voted him for treason and should be faced to death. The next day, the king courageously faced the guillotine.
  • The Committee of Public Safety was created in April 1793, by the National Convention to gain virtual control over France during the reign of Terror.
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