French Revolution

The Early Stages

The National Assembly

The National Assembly adopted revolutionary ideas. They made The Decloration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which is where we got ideas for the Decloration of Independence. The ideas and rights were "men are born and remain free and equal in rights" and "liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression" It guaranteed citizens equal justice, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Limited Monarchy

In September of 1791 the National Assembly created a new constitution which had the idea of Limited Monarchy, which was reluctantly approved. The royal family was stripped of its power but the king still had the executive power to enforce laws.

The Terror

The Third Estate over takes France


Because of the new Constitution the National Assembly was much more conservative. To control the executive aspect to the government a group called the Directory was formed. They eventually abused their power and rivaled any tyranny revolutions that France would eventually face.