French Revolution

French Revolution
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  • France before the Revolution
  • Tax Time!
  • But why do I have to pay all the taxes?
  • Estates General Meeting
  • 2-1
  • No matter what I do they always vote against me 2-1!
  • Tennis Court Oath
  • What if we make our own constitution?
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  • France before the Revolution consisted of 3 social classes: The first estate (the clergy), the second estate (the nobility) and the third estate (the peasants and the bourgeoisie). The third estate made up 90% of the population,  but were heavily taxed and resented the privilege of the first and second estates, as they were exempt from taxation. As France supported the American Revolution, the tax burden on the third estate increased to the point that the third estate started fighting back to try and make taxation more equal.
  • Storming the Bastille
  • REVOLUTION TIME
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  • In an attempt to avoid a revolution, the king held the Estates General Meeting to vote on new policies to come to a compromise. Each estate only got one vote, however, which led to the first and second estate voting on what was beneficial to them and the third estate having no say in it, as they would always lose 2-1. This caused the third estate to break off and form the National Assembly to draft a new constitution.  When arriving at the meeting house one day, however, they found the doors locked.
  • March on Versailles
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  • After arriving at the National Assembly meeting house only to find the door locked, the third estate met at a local tennis court, where they took the tennis court oath stating that they would meet there every day until a new constitution was drafted. 
  • Constitution of 1791
  • I don't have as much power now, but at least I'm still the king!
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  • After hearing rumors of royal troops gathering, the third estate stormed the Bastille, hoping to find weapons for the revolution. They killed the commander and freed all the prisoners, however no weapons were found. This became a symbol of the French Revolution, and soon after peasants started revolting against their lords, who owned the land they lived on.
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  • Because of the revolution, bread prices started rising drastically. The women of France weren't payed enough to afford the now expensive bread, so they rallied and brought cannons to the palace of Versailles, and demanded that the king give them bread. King Louis eventually complied and supplied them with some bread, and the women marched away.
  • We want bread! We want bread! We want bread! We want bread!
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  • The national assembly drafted the constitution of 1791, which set up a limited monarchy and a new legislative assembly, whose goals were to make laws, collect taxes, and decide on war and peace issues. The king was still the symbol of France, and property ownership was needed to vote. This constitution set all men equal before the law, limited the power of the monarchy, and granted all tax paying male citizens the right to elect members of the legislative assembly.
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