The disparity between the French Estates in rights and political power angered the lower class. They were taxed an unfair amount while the clergy and the nobility had no tax. This is one of the leading causes of the French Revolution.
We're raising taxes again, and you better pay them!
In 1789, members of the 3rd Estate met during the Estates General. They published the Declaration of the Rights of the Man and of the Citizen, stating natural rights granted to all.
All men have rights!
On July 14, 1789, peasants stormed the Bastille, a political prison. This is often regarded as the beginning of the French Revolution.
In 1791 a new constitution published by the people made France a Constitutional Monarchy. This freed peasants from serfdom, diminished the aristocracy, and strengthened Parliament.
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité!
King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were beheaded for treason by the National Convention in 1793.
Napoleon Bonaparte, a popular military leader, seized control of the government several years after the Revolution. The wars he fought are some of the most impactful results of the French Revolution.