The French Revolution

The French Revolution

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  • 1st: Clergy (Catholic priests, 1% of the population)
  • We are rich! And we don't even have to pay taxes either!
  • 2nd: Nobles (Rich landowners, 2% of the population)
  • 3rd: Commoners (Workers, serfs, peasants, etc...)
  • I am also rich! I don't even have to pay taxes either!
  • Oh no! We owe so much money! what will we do?
  • King Louis XVI
  • Who care? Just raise the taxes. We can throw a big party!
  • Queen Marie Antoinette
  • We vote yes!
  • Question: Should the third estate keep paying all the taxes?
  • May 1789: Ancient assembly
  • We also vote yes!
  • NO! how is it that we loose 2-1 if we make up most of the population? this is not fair!
  • For many years, under feudalism, the general population of France were partitioned into three unequal social classes called estates.
  • We the National Assembly, promise not to separate until we establish a constitution!
  • In the late 1700s, France was deeply in dept from spending an excessive amount of money on the wars and also the lavish fashion of the royal family.
  • Down with tyranny!
  • Liberty! Equality! Fraternity!
  • July 14, 1789: The storming of Bastille The revolution begins
  • Power to the people!
  • King Louis XVI was forced to call the Estates General and ask them to raise taxes. However voting was by estate, so the individuals of the first two estates might over vote the commons.
  • Wait! This is going to far.
  • NO! The king does not support the revolution. No more kings!
  • Louis, we find you guilty of opposing the revolution! We sentence you to death!!!
  • The representatives of the third estate walked out, declared themselves the National Assembly and swore the Tennis Court Oath.
  • June 1789: Tennis Court Oath
  • The individuals of Paris stormed the bastille. They were trying to find weapons to defend the National Assembly. They started the French Revolution.
  • A constitution was written to limit the power of the king. However the individuals failed to trust the king and later he was arrested, placed on trial and executed for opposing the revolution.
  • January 1793: the execution of Louis XVI
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