The French Revolution

The French Revolution

The French Revolution 1789 Causes of French Revolution Ideas of liberty and equality from the American Revolution (note: Constitution was signed 2 yrs

before in 1787) Enlightenment ideas of John Locke Causes of French Revolution Vast majority of people were broke and hungry. Vast majority were in the lowest estate

Three Estates 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

Clergy Nobility Commoners Land Ownership Taxation Population

bourgeoisie Part of the third estate, they were the middle class of France. They were bankers, merchants, factory

owners (educated people) Led the revolution Revolution - beginnings Although people were starving and the country was broke, the royal family flaunted their

wealth and uncaring. Bread riots People were hungry; the country was

broke. This picture is from an all-woman bread riot. Marie Antionette said let them eat cake King Louis XVI

His grandfather Louis XIV was the ultimate absolutist king. This king was weak He had so little control, he called for the French congress to fix some problems Estates General meets The part of the

French Congress representing the third estate left and declared themselves THE congress of France. Events continued French created

their own Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen modeled after TJs Declaration of Independence Effects of the French Revolution

Both the King and Queen were beheaded French monarchy no more In addition to the Royal family, 17,000 people were executed with the guillotine.

Effects continued. . . Napoleon Bonaparte was elected leader, then appoints himself emperor of France.

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