French Revolution (Part 1)

French Revolution (Part 1)

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  • French Revolution: Introduction
  • 1789-1799
  • Enlightenment Ideas
  • Factors that led to the Revolution
  • Indecisive Leadership
  • Food Shortages
  • Paid half of income in taxes
  • Questioning Leadership
  • Economic Problems
  • Bread Prices Increased
  • Meeting of the Estates General
  • After the American Revolution, the French decided to revolt for a change. So they decided to start by drastically changing their once lasting government.
  • The Tennis Court Oath
  • They held and supported several reasons that had been their cause for the revolt. They had proposed these problems to the government expecting change.
  • The Storming of the Bastille
  • This grand meeting was the voting place for a change in France to be made. The two priviledged states could always outvote the Third Estate. But the Third Estate wanted to change the voting by giving them the advantage.
  • The Great Fear
  • The National Assembly had found themselves locked out of their meeting room. So they broke down a door to an indoor tennis court and pledged to stay there until they had drawn up a new constitution.
  • Rumors spread through France that king Louis was going to use force to destory the National Assembly and that foreign soldiers were coming to Paris to massacre French citizens. So on July 14, 1789 the Third Estate took action and stormed the Paris prison of Bastille. They killed the commander, several guards, and paraded around the streets with their heads on pikes.
  • Another rumor spread that nobles were hiring outlaws to terrorize peasants. So a wave of senseless panic came over the peasants and they became outlaws themselves. They broke into nobles' manors, destroyed documents, and some burned down nobles' houses.
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