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The Tennis Court Oath

This was the start of the French Revolution and happened in June, 1989. It was the first time that French citizens had stood up against the King, Louis XVI.
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Noemi Holzleg

on 18 April 2010

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Transcript of The Tennis Court Oath

Tennis Court Oath Cause Who was involved? Impact on France The 3rd Estate (which represented 97% of the population) could be outvoted by 3% of the population in the Estates General After declaring that the 1st and 2nd Estate's should also pay taxes, the representatives of the 3rd Estate found themselves locked out of the Estates General meeting. However The General Assembly wouldn't stop meeting until they were heard, even if it meant going against the royal prohibition, because they believed that they were the true representatives of France. 576 out of 577 representatives of the 3rd Estate
signed the Oath outside the Estates General meeting, on a tennis court, therefore the name 'Tennis Court Oath'. But what was it? The Tennis Court Oath was a declaration that the National Assembly wouldn't stop meeting until they were heard and until France had a proper Constitution. The 3rd Estate:
Their representatives were locked out of the Estates General, they met up together and called themselves the representatives of France that fought for a Constitution. Necker:
The prime minister proposed ideas that needed to be reformed for the National Assembly to discuss. Honoré Gabriel Riqueti :
He was the leader of the National Assembly The 3rd Estate representatives called themselves the General Assembly. Louis XVI, the king of France, sent 30,000 troops into France to stop the revolt. Other events that opposed the king followed, such as the Storming of Bastille and other riots in France. The Tennis Court Oath was the first time that the citizens of France had formally stood in opposition to the King. But what did people think about it? 3rd Estate 2nd Estate Was their first attempt in freeing themselves from unfair taxation and representation Even the uneducated, poor and starving population can make a difference Clashed with the ideas on voting in the Estates General, the 1st and 2nd Estate believed in voting by Estate, not by head. Outvoted the 3rd Estate because the 1st and 2nd Estates always voted the same Nobility Peasants Would still want the 3rd Estate to pay their feudal dues Eventually... The Estates General broke up after most of the First, and some of the Second Estates, joined the General Assembly, the rest followed after the king ordered them to. Start of the Revolution
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