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Technology and Famous People during the French Revolution

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Karlee Anderson

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Technology and Famous People during the French Revolution
French Revolution
The French Revolution started in 1789 when Bastille was raided on July 14th. The Revolution of 1789, as some people call it, lasted 10 years before finally coming to a halt. The reason for the revolution is that people wanted to be treated equal. The peasants wanted the same amount of respect the aristocrats got at the time. Many people form France fled to England, because it was not a monarchy.
Revolutionary leaders used music as a tool when they realized it could help them change how a person thinks or feels. Schools were set up in 1795 to train bands for the army. Laws were passed declaring republic hymns that had to be sung at a theater before an opera could start. Le Marseillaise by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, the French national anthem was one of the 1300 songs that came out of this time period.

One artist during the French Revolution was Jacques-Louis David. He was born in Paris on August 30, 1748. David was the most
celebrated French artist of his day,
painting many pictures of Napoleon in
his neoclassical style. Mostly painting
historical, events he rose to fame around
the year 1780, when he became the
leader of an artistic school, Neo-classicism. Though David truly prospered after marrying, Marguerite Pécoul, the daughter of a wealthy building contractor.
During the French Revolution the most renowned technology was the guillotine beheading. Doctor Guillotine and a german engineer and harpsichord maker built the prototype for an idea of the guillotine machine. In 1870 improvements where made by Leon Berger such as a spring system, a locking device, and a new release mechanism for the blade. During the French Revolution all classes were executed equally, but before the upper-classes could buy their way to a less painful death. The first use of the guillotine took place on April 25, 1792 and the last one on September 10, 1977.
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