The French Revolution was a time when France was experiencing political, social and economic chaos. France had so many problems all because the government did not do its job and did not care for its people. The people of France were suffering. The streets and cities were absolutely filthy. Disease would spread from these dirty conditions. Food was very low leading to lots of starvation. The tax system was very unfair. The poorest people had to pay all the taxes. The people of the 3rd estate had had enough. They demanded change. At first they tried to do this peacefully. When the first two estates did not change their ways the 3rd estate turned to extreme ways. Violence erupted. People were killed. The government and country crumbled. The French Revolution has begun!
The Meeting of the Estates- General
We, the people of the 2nd Estate vote to have only the 3rd Estate Pay all the taxes
Like Locke said, We deserve our natural rights!
We agree with the 2nd Estate!
The taxes are too high!
By; Mr. Romei
The Tennis Court Oath
We proclaim ourselves no longer the 3rd estate but the National Assembly!
The Storming of the Bastille
Oh no! They are breaking into the prison!
We want your guns and ammunition!
For too long, the first 2 estates were cruel and wicked to the poor 3rd Estate. Finally the three estates had a meeting held by the King, but the first two estates kept up with their evil ways and didn't listen to what the 3rd estate had to say.
The March on Versailles
Please my people, I hear your complaints. Take my own supply of bread but don't hurt my wife!
The third estate went to go back to the estates-general but they were locked out! The meeting was called because of their complaints and now they weren't even allowed to attend! They did not let this scare them and they had their own meeting at a near by tennis court. They made an oath to themselves not to leave until they had a new constitution where everyone was equal!
Let's make an oath not to leave this court until we have a new constitution!
That's a great idea!
We can't afford bread to feed our families!
The people of France have finally had enough of this cruel government! They broke into the prison, killed the guards and armed themselves! The revolution has begun! Down with the King! Down with the tyrants!
Down with the King!
The women of France had enough of the starving they have endured. They knew the King and his family enjoyed giant parties with huge amounts of food while they didn't have enough food to feed their families. The women stormed the beautiful palace, took the kings food and forced the royal family to come back to Paris with them. It's time for the King to see how his people are really living!
There's the baker's wife! Get her! It's her fault the country has no money and we have no bread!
Hey baker! Give us bread! Our families are starving while you feast!