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By Rosaley Milano and MaryEmma Macleod
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
Back in the late 1700's, France was divided in groups called Estates. The First Estate, and the most wealthiest, was comprised of the clergy. The Second Estate was made of Nobles and the Third Estate, which made up 97% of the population, was everyone else. The King was above everyone and collected one hundred percent of the taxes came from the Third Estate.
To help think of ways to pay back all of the money that France borrowed, the King called together a meeting with representatives from each estate. Each estate got one third of the vote. The Third Estate did not think this was fair since they made up 97% of France and decided to leave, while the other Estate's representatives locked them out.
When members of the third estate including bourgeoisie, who were the middle class in France, were locked out of the Estate General they became very angry. Which lead them to made the National Assembly where they made a Tennis court oath; pledging to meet wherever until a Constitution was made.
We want a Constitution
As the National Assembly continued to meet and the streets of Paris got more and more dangerous, rioters decided that they needed to be able to defend themselves so they stormed the Bastille. The Bastille was a prison that also contained weapons and was viewed as a symbol of the class system in France.
Decreasing economic conditions lead to the Great Fear when peasants began to get violent. They wanted to get rid of a government document called a Feudal Due which kept the poor, poor
No more Fuedal Dues
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