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French Revolution (Pt. II)

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Tasia Cox

on 27 September 2016

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French Revolution (Pt. II)
A Calling Together of the Estates
A Calling Together of the Estates
Each estate was represented by delegates.
Delegate – a person who represents a group of people to a meeting or convention.

The Estates-General Meeting
All three Estates had to prepare cahiers, or notebooks listing their grievances.
The Estates-General Meeting
The first problem at this meeting was how votes would take place.

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The 1st and 2nd Estates demanded that they vote by Estate.
Using this logic, the 1st and 2nd Estate would always be able to outvote the third.
The Estates General Meeting
The Third Estate Breaks Away
After weeks of a stalemate, the 3rd Estate took the step of breaking away from the other Estates and forming the National Assembly.

The Tennis Court Oath
The National Assembly then walked out onto a tennis court and made a famous declaration.
Realizing the growing discontent, King Louis XVI decided that all Estates should be brought together to resolve their issues.
Peasants were upset with the fact they lived in poverty and noticed the extravagances of the other two estates.
Nobles resented the idea that they be taxed.
The 3rd Estate demanded that votes take place “by the head”, and since they represented the largest of the Estates, they would have the most votes.
National Assembly – meeting of the 3rd Estate where they claimed to be the true representatives of the French people.
Tennis Court Oath – the National Assembly claimed to never separate until they have established a new Constitution for the country.
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