The French Revolution

The French Revolution was a turning point in France’s history. The Revolution
began when King Louis XVI called the Estates General to provide money for his
bankrupt government. Between 1789 and 1799 many kings, queens, nobles, and
clergyman lost their power and status in France. France’s government changes
drasticallyover the ten years the war was fought and it will never be the same.
By the end of 1788, France was on the verge of bankruptcy. King Louis was a
very indecisive and shy king. He didn’t care much for politics or people. Through his
carelessness Louis chose officials who stole money from him and France. Since
France had no money and a large debt to pay the king taxed the citizens harshly. The
angry French grew tired of the heavy taxes and riots broke out constantly against the
king. Louie summoned the General Estates to meet at the Palace of Versailles for
thefirst time since 1614. Louis had all three estates prepare cahiers. The cahiers
were notebooks listing the grievances of each estate. Many cahiers asked for
reform. These reforms includes: freedom of speech, a regular meeting of the Estates
General, and fairer taxes. The third estate and least influential was also the largest. It
contained one million middle class citizens and twenty-four million laborers and
working class citizens. The third estate sick of being refused by nobles and being
out-voted(not in count but rank) formed the National Assembly. When their normal
meeting place was locked for preparations of a royal speech the National Assembly
took it as a threat. Between the ten days of June 17,1789 and June 27, 1789, the
delegates of the assembly took the Tennis Court Oath. The oath meant that they
would not dismember until a fair constitution was written up for France. After many
nobles joined the National Assembly the king had not choice but to accept them, but


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