Causes of the French Revolution

Causes of the French Revolution

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  • Why do I have to pay tax when I don't even get political representation.
  • What am I going to do with all this money? Hahaha.
  • The price of bread rose again?! What am I gonna feed my family? Rocks?!
  • If only I had bread, I wouldn't be dead...
  • It stresses me so much to see how much debt we have. We need to treat ourselves, gentlemen! How about another banquet?
  • How are my new dresses coming along, darlings? I simply must know!
  • The 3rd Estate made up most of the French population, yet they have to pay 50% of their income and they have unfair political representation over the 1st and 2nd Estates when they only have 2% of the population. They all have one vote each.
  • Yeah, did you hear what they were doing in America?
  • Don't we deserve more than what we have right now?
  • By the 1780s, France's economy declines, the price of bread doubled, and there were crop failures.
  • Let's go now. Time to move along!
  • Abolish the monarchy! France is a republic now! Let's show them what the National Convention is here for!
  • The royal couple was seriously in debt, caused by the big spending of Louis XIV, who inherited some debt and borrowed some money to fight in the American Revolution, and his queen, Marie Antoinette, who spends too much on fashion and materialistic items.
  • The Third Estate's Bourgeoise was a group of educated middle classes, who sometimes felt like they deserved more because they were more educated than the peasants. They were educated enough to read up on Enlightenment, and they were inspired.
  • The National Assembly took the Catholic Churches' lands and political independence after the elimination of the Old Regime. They then sold the land to help pay off France's debt.
  • The Legislative Assembly set aside the Constitution of 1791, declared its king deposed, dissolved the assembly, and called for a new legislative. Then the National Convention took office on September 21 and abolished the monarchy and declared France a republic, where adult male citizens were allowed to vote.
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