French Revolution

French Revolution

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  • The Old Regime was how things were in France. Society was run by the church otherwise known as the clergy in the Three Estates. The Nobles and the general people were the other two estates. King Louis was the most important figure in France at the time. The Church ran a society that did not give all people natural rights and inequality among the people was a huge issue.
  • We will continue to meet by any means necessary, so we will always meet here!
  • The Enlightenment was brought about by poor governing and a society where not everyone had equal rights and opportunity. Philosophers began to question their rulers and wanted equality for all and natural rights. Furthermore, they wanted access to any information/books they wanted. They would talk about these sorts of ideas at meetings that they would have. 
  • We the people have taken control over this prison. Hoorah!
  • The three estates in France were the clergy being the first estate, nobles the second, and the general people were the third estate. They came together and had a meeting to discuss matters about the society and the government's financial problems. This was a turning point in the French history and it partially led to the revolution.
  • The third estate declared themselves as the National Assembly, but the king did not recognize this estate as a true government body. Therefore, he denied them a meeting place, so they collectively decided to meet at a tennis court until they were looked at as a real part of the government. King Louis the fourteenth was cruel in doing this but the Assembly showed great persistence.
  • This historically significant event in French history was the Storming of the Bastille. It occurred on July 14, 1789, and this fortress had been used to protect Paris but it was then turned into a jail. The revolutionaries attacked because the third estate made demands of the king but did not see change so they carried out this attack and successfully captured Bastille. This directly caused the start of the revolution.
  • A few women started this infamous march in a Paris marketplace and revolted because they wanted bread at a fair price. Eventually, there were thousands of people joined the march. This event gave the revolutionaries confidence in the power of the people in the society.
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