French Revolution


How it Was Caused

A meeting of the Estates-General was called by Louis XVI in Versailles to talk about and approve a new tax plan. Three Poitevin guys decide to join the Third Estate, leaving the Chambers of the Clergy. Accepting the proposition of the delegate Abbé Sieyès, the Third Estate proclaims itself "The National Assembly." A few nobles and many clergy join the movement of the Third Estate. Tennis Court Oath: After being locked out of their meeting room, deputies of the Third Estate made on a tennis court and swore not to separate until a constitutional "regime" was established.

The National Assembly

The National Assembly has a committee of thirty members to make a constitution. The National Assembly calls itself the Constituent National Assembly, with full power to make laws; their main job is to draw up and adopt a constitution. Demonstrations and speeches take place at the Palais, Royal. The electors of Paris form a standing committee and a citizens’ militia.

The Women

The women of Paris invaded Versailles. Parisians, led by a lot of women, march through Versailles, and force the royal family back to Paris, where they live at the Tuileries. Louis XVI is called "Prisoner" in Paris. The Assembly, still in Versailles, declares, in the spirit of constitutional monarchy.

Tennis Court Oath

the tennis court oath set the purpose of the revolutionaries which was to take all the needed efforts to overthrow the monarchy and make a new constitution. The storming of the Bastille, the largest prison in Paris, in pursuit of arms and ammo paved for more civil problems in the country. Peasants went against their unjust feudal contracts by attacking the estates of their land lords then winning their freedom in the August Decrees.

Economy During Revolution

The cost of affording a normal lifestyle had shot sky high with the rise in bread prices and basic necessities. On top of this, the the working class was forced to pay heavy taxes to finance the governments running. This obviously led to the feeling of resentment within the "bourgeoisie" who wanted a more equal system of government in France. From this point of view they were the forerunners of the whole revolution but there was another side to this social awakening and that was the decrease of importance in the belief of God.