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By: Morgan, Laine, Madalyne, and Ifu

The Women's March on Versailles

The Women's March on Versailles was one of the most significant events in the french revolution. On October 5th, 1789 women started rioting because the scarcity of bread was causing their families ( mainly their children ) to starve. They stole from the city's armory and marched on the palace of versailles, which was where King Louis XVI lived. In order to get the attention they needed violent riots and loud protesting was done. They then pressed their demands on the king successfully.

In the riots women from other nearby marketplaces would join in, many bearing kitchen blades and other makeshift weapons, as the tocsins rang from church towers throughout several districts. Driven by a variety of agitators, the mob demanded not only bread, but also arms. As more and more women and men arrived, the crowd outside the city hall reached between six and seven thousand, and maybe as many as ten thousand.

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Tennis court Oath

The Tennis Court Oath was a pledge on June 20, 1789 by representatives of France's third estate to remain steadfast until France was allowed a written constitution. The representatives knew that any formal proposal for reform would be voted down by the first and second estates. So King Louis created a french national essembly on june 17.

When they were locked out of their meeting room at Versailles on June 20, they thought King Louis XVI was forcing them to disband. Inspired by this hostile act, the deputies moved to a tennis court and took the Tennis Court Oath, to stay together until France received a constitution. Their determination resulted in Louis' formal recognition of the assembly on June 27.
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