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  • Long Term Causes of the French Revolution
  • Estates General
  • Tennis Court Oath
  • The first estate was the closest to god, the clergy. The second estate was the nobles and landowners. The third estate was 98% of the population. The long term causes of the French Revolution was the third estate fighting for what they wanted and getting it. The third estate revolted against the government to get fair taxes and to make the first and second estate pay their taxes too. King Louis XVI was well-minded but weak and indecisive.
  • Storming of the Bastille
  • The estates general is the legislative body consisting of representatives of the third estate. The nobles wanted the estates general to be called on so that they could gain privileges back.Cahiers, or notebooks of grievances, were made. Cahiers showed resentment between the classes. King Louis XVI called on the estates general, Jacques Necker became their financial expert for their debt
  • Revolution Begins
  • The tennis court oath was an oath taken on a tennis court by members of the third estate. The members of the third estate had declared themselves the national assembly. The national assembly was said to represent the people of France.
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  • A bastille is a prison that tortured the prisoners. There were rumors that the king would occupy the city led to an angry mob of the French people. They stormed the bastille. The crowd demanded weapons and gunpowder and when the commander refused they forced their way in. The mob killed 5 guards and the commander only to find out their were no weapons and no gunpowder.
  • The revolt and the storming of the bastille was a wake up call for King Louis XVI.The storming of the bastille became the French independence day, July 14th.
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