In 1789, France was in extreme debt from the lascivious spending of the royals and wars. To solve this problem, king Louis XVI called a meeting of Estates General
Each estate presented solutions to solve the debt, but several of them are just concered about keeping their wealth.
The first estate was the clergy, the second was the nobility, and the third are the middle class and peasants. The third estate consisted of 97% of the population.
Tax the peasants more!!
Tax everyone equally!!
The first and second estates had more power though. Everything the 3rd estate suggested was out voted by the first and second by a 2/3 vote.
Everyone is equal and should be taxed as such. the nobility and clergy have money to support the country
The third estate decided they had had enough. They decided that they were going to form a national assembly and demand to have fair voting rights. However, when they went to go back to the estates general meeting, they discovered they had been locked out.
They decided to meet outside the palace, in what we would call now a tennis court. there, they met and discussed laws and the ways to fix the national debt.
There, they vowed to keep meeting until a new constitution was reached where they were represented fairly, in what we call today, the Tennis Court oath.
we promise to keep meeting until we are rightfully represented in our government!