The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen is Created Liberty, Equality, Fraternity

Last month in August 1789, The French Constituent Assembly passed The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, following the French Revolution. This will be fundamental to the history of human rights.

Jean-Jacques-Fran├žois Le Barbier [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Declaration relies heavily on the Enlightenment philosophy of natural rights, or rights that are universal and inalienable for all individuals, and embodies the French Revolution ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. At the time of its creation, the Declaration united people of various social classes (the first, second, and third estate) as they began an often-violent revolution; after, its words were heard in future French constitutions and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) created by the United Nations. The document has a lot of the same principles as the Declaration of Independence, written by the Second Constitutional Congress in 1776 after the American Revolution.

A few questions that were frequently asked following the event are:

1. Do you think that this document will lead to other revolutions due to disagreements?

2. What exactly was the french's plan for writing this document?

3. Who all were the signers and what was their significance?

To answer the last question, We sat down with Thomas Jefferson the main person which influenced the creation of this document and his friend/ co-worker General Lafayette. They gave us an insight on what went on behind closed doors of the National Constituent Assembly meeting. They say there was lots of talk about the enlightenment movement. Jefferson says "Yes i used some of my own words used in the creation of the Declaration of Independence."

Rembrandt Peale [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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