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The French Revolution

lecture on the French Revolution for 7th Grade
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Antony Murray

on 17 November 2013

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Transcript of The French Revolution

France supported the Americans against the British. This cost lots of money.

France's King Louis XVI lived a lavish lifestyle. This also cost lots of money.

France had no money, and Louis planned to solve this problem by taxing the French people.
The French Revolution
7th Grade
last lesson...
we learned how the Enlightenment contributed to various documents and thoughts in shaping the American Revolution, when the colonies rose up against Great Britain to secure independence for the United States.
Seeds of Revolution
France's Social Classes
First Estate
- the clergy (no taxes)
Second Estate
- the nobles (owned land, govt jobs, little taxes)
Third Estate
- doctors to merchants to peasants (paid nearly all taxes, no power)
The Third Estate
They paid the most taxes but had least power.

They grew the food, but couldn't afford to eat. Many peasants were starving

As Louis attempted to increase taxes, Third Estaters knew something needed to change.
Time for change
Third Estate wanted fairer taxing and voting.

In June 1789 they broke away from the Estates-General and created the National Assembly.

This new body claimed the right to make laws in France.
To the Bastille!
Louis was shocked and brought troops to Paris to protect himself.

On 14 July 1789, the people attacked the Bastille prison to get weapons for themselves.

Guards died and the Revolution had begun.
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