French Revolution part I

French Revolution part I

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  • French Revolution Introduction
  • Factors leading to the revolution
  • Meeting of the Estates General
  • The French Revolution occurred between 1789-1799.  It overthrew the French monarchy in favor of a more limited Monarchy.
  • Tennis Court Oath 
  • 1. Rising bread prices, people couldn't afford bread which was the main food in France at the time. 2. No taxes on the 1st and 2nd estate while the bottom 97% of the population paid 1/2 of their income in taxes. 3. Unfair representation In the Estates General, each estate had 1 vote even though the 3rd estate had 97% of the population. 4.   Rumors that the nobels are helping the Austrians invade France. 5.  French government in debt after paying for American Revolution.
  • The Storming of The Bastille
  • The estates general met in 1789, the first time it had met since 1626, to vote on financial reform.  The first and second estates outvoted the third estate.
  • The Great Fear
  • On June 20th, 1789 members of the National Assembly were locked out of the meeting room when they tried to organize, so they broke into a tennis court near Versailles and wouldn't leave until they had made a new constitution.
  • The Storming of The Bastille occured on July 14th 1789, when 1,000 Parisians tried to take gunpowder from the prison.  This is seen as the start of the French Revolution.
  • The Great Fear took place between 17th of July - 3rd of August 1789. French peasants were convinced that nobles hired robbers and mercenaries to burn crops and villages.  The French peasants responded by burning feudal records and noble manor houses.
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