French Revolution

Stephanie Leuschner

Why did the protest start?

The French Revolution began because of a government financial crisis, and it became a movement of reform and violent change. The financial crisis was about a inefficient and unfair tax structure. The French overthrew their ancient government in 1789. Estates- General had a meeting on May 5, 1789 and that's when the revolution began. It started in France , near the end of the 18th century. It was commanded by General Lafayette in Paris.

Estates-General: the first meeting since 1614 from the French. An assembly representing the French Estates : The clergy which is the first Estate

How did people protest?

The Oath of the Tennis Court pledged themselves to not separate until France had a constitution. Paris had a mob and captured the old royal called Bastille on July 14. When the mob started the king said it was a revolution. When the revolution began, the Estates-General opened on May 5, 1789.

Bastille: a fortress in Paris

Oath of the Tennis Court: "Not to separate, and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the kingdom is established".

What resulted from the protest?

The French Revolution lasted from 1789-1799. It brought great changes to the society and government of France. People captured Bastille and started to tear it down. It affected all of Europe and parts of (Middle East, India, North and South America). After Bastille fell a revolutionary committee of middle-class citizens governed Paris. The day of the capture became a French national holiday.

The great changes restricted themselves to constitutional reform.

What do I think they believed?

I think the people of Paris believed that they're going to protest against the government. They wanted the right to govern themselves. They were also in a financial crisis and wanted help with that.