Man and Citizen, We Have Rights too! by: Larianna Goss

Maximilien Robespierre, the man responsible for the "Reign of Terror", Attribution not legally required.

Us the citizens of France finally have our own constitution titled The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. Going back just a few years, when the poor, hungry, and angry 3rd estate of France ran King Louis XVI out of Versailles and then Maximilien Robespierre took over and sliced 40,000 heads during his "Reign of terror", it's safe to say we've come a long way. We have managed to band together and make a set of guidelines (drafted by our very own Marquis de Lafayette) aimed at having a just government, modeled by the American Declaration of Independence that is the foundation of the currently Successful American government.

Marquis de Lafayette, Drafter of the Declaration of the rights of Man and Citizen, Attribution not legally required.

Even though this new set of guidelines is not the new law, it was approved on August 29, 1789, by the National Assembly of France and was based off the ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He believed all men were born "free and equal with natural rights". The document collected his basic ideals and the wants and needs of the people and created the first declaration in French history. Will the approval of this document lead to the French government getting farther away from a monarchy? Is this declaration the last? Will this document lead to a more structured government? Only time will tell.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher who's ideals were the foundation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, Attribution not legally required.


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