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5.06 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

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Olivia White

on 3 November 2013

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Transcript of 5.06 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

5.06 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times
National Holidays: Bastille Day vs. U.S. Independence Day
National Holiday
Bastille Day
U.S. Independence Day
Historic Origin
In late 1780, France was ruled by a corrupt aristocracy and was nearly bankrupt. Parisians were outrages and organized a fight on July 14, 1789. The angry mob noticed Bastille, a hated prison that was known for the king's brutality and power, and fought until the governor of Bastille surrendered. Two days passes and King Louis XVI and his wife noticed the revolutionaries and fled the country. The national assembly ordered Bastille to be burned to the ground.
Independence Day was first celebrated on July 4, 1777. The day marked he official anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. That document announced America's independence from British rule. Thomas Jefferson was elected from the Continental Congress to draft the Declaration of Independence.
July 14Th is when France celebrates their National Holiday called Bastille Day. There is a grand parade held in Paris as a means to celebrate. There are many festivals, parties, and fireworks across the nation.
Independence Day, a federal holiday, is celebrated with parties and games. Americans often barbecue. There are an estimated 150 million hot dogs eaten and 700 million pounds of chicken. Fireworks are also set off during the night that light up the sky in remembrance of our nation's freedom.
The march on the Bastille symbolized hypocrisy and a lot of corruption that held France's political system. It has marked the beginning of the French Revolution, and the formation of the French Republic that had started in 1792. The significance of the event was that the power was not held by the king or a God, but the people.
Independence Day is commonly referred to as the Fourth of July, an American holiday that celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This day acknowledges the day when the document was approved. Independence Day symbolized freedom from the British. Additionally July 4, 1826 was when both Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adam died.
Bastille Day and U.S. Independence Day both share many similarities. They both celebrate their independence because of freedom from certain countries. Both holidays and celebrated with food, festivals, and parties. There are differences as well between these two holidays. Bastille's significance was the power that was not held by the king but by the people. The U.S. Independence significance was the freedom from the British.
By: Olivia White
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