French Revolution By: Lauren Perez, Michelle Tran, Kip SancheZ

Welcome to the amazing, historically packed, time machine!

Imagine being able to go back about 200 years ago and being able to witness the French Revolution first hand! You can visit the people who started it all such as Louis XVI, and Jean-Paul Marat. Imagine visiting the Legeslative Assembly and being able to visit a congregation first hand! Take part in watching Louis XVI being tried for treason! The possibilities are endless, so come and hop in our time machine and watch history take place before your eyes!

Watch the cause of the French Revolution unfold before your eyes!

There were many causes of the French Revolution. The causes of the French Revolution consisted of many different events. The three events that were the most important were, the Enlightenment, the economic troubles in France, and weak leaderships. There were also many contributing factors as well.

The Enlightenment (Age of Reason)

During this time, people used reason to solve social and political problems. They also started to gain new ideas on how power and government should be equal throughout all of France. These new ideas on power and government were affective.

France's Economy

After Frances King at the time died, this left France extremely poor. France fought in a countless amounts of wars, along with costly lifestyles of the wealthy. This led the country to be in debt. The French people had to pay heavy taxes which cause even more decrease in wealth. This was a crisis that brought shame upon the government.

Weak Leadership

The King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were unfit to rule France. King Louis XVI didn't pay attention to Frances economy. The Queen wasted a lot of money on clothing, jewelry, gambling, and gifts

All these things and more led up to the French Revolution, wouldn't you rather see it than read about it in a textbook!

A meeting of the estates general may catch your eye!

The Estates-General meeting was held (May 1789) because the Estates were to discuss a new tax. This meeting took place at Versailles. It was to help King Louis make decisions about his solutions to the problems they had. Under the assembly's rule, each estates delegates had to meet in a separate hall to vote. The two privileged estates could always outvote the Third Estate.

Definetly a sight to be seen, the National Assembly!

The National Assembly was formed (June 1789) by the 3rd Estate to pass laws and reforms on behalf of the French people. The Tennis Court Oath was formed (June 1789) when the 3rd Estate was locked out of their usual meeting place. They were committed to establishing a new constitution. The Third Estate, or the National Assembly, met at a tennis court to discuss their rights because they were upset about their living conditions. There they decided they'd draft a constitution that is known as Tennis Court Oath. This declared the rights of man. The National Assembly created a declaration called the Declaration of the Rights of Man which became law in August 1789. This declaration granted citizens the rights of liberty, property, and resistance to oppression

Imagine going places like a meeting of the Legeslative Assembly!

The Legislative Assembly was a French congress with the power to create laws and approve declarations of war, established by the Constitution of 1791. It was created from the National Assembly creating the constitution. The constitution created a limited constitutional monarchy. It took away much of the kings authority and the Legislative Assembly was created.

A screaming war of rights and lights!

Pressure from radicals in the streets and among its members, the Legislative Assembly set aside the Constitution of 1791. This declared the king remove himself from king, dissolved the assembly, and called for the election of a new legislature. This new governing body came to be the National Convention and took office on September 21. It abolished the monarchy and made France a Republic. Male citizens were granted the right to vote and hold office, while women were not.

You'll be able to meet the famous historians of the time!

Maximilian Robespierre became the leader of the Committee of Public Safety. The Committee of Public Safety's chief task was to protect the revolution from its enemies. The Committee often had these "enemies" tried in the morning and guillotined in the afternoon

Looking for a thriller? The Reign of Terror could be it!

Witness Robespierre's period of rule known as The Reign of Terror. Robespierre ruled France nearly as a dictator and thousands of political figures and ordinary citizens were executed. He justified his use of terror by suggesting that it enabled French citizens to remain true to the ideals of the Revolution. He also saw a connection between virtue and terror. Robespierre was a more then just almost a dictator.

Meet Louis XVI!

Austria and Prussia, urged the French to restore Louis to his position as an absolute monarch. The Legislative Assembly responded by declaring war in April 1792. The mob massacred the royal guards and imprisoned Louis, his wife and their children. the Legislative Assembly set aside the Constitution of 1791. It declared the king, dissolved the assembly, and called for the election of a new legislature. Guided by radical Jacobins, they tried Louis for treason. The Convention found him guilty, and, by a close vote, sentenced him to death. On January 21, 1793, the former king walked with calm dignity up the steps of the scaffold to be beheaded by a machine called the guillotine

Just think of all the exciting adventures you'll have to bring back home, such as meeting the Jacobins!

Members of a radical political organization, the Jacobin Club, one of the most prominent Jacobins, as club members was Jean-Paul Marat. In his fiery editorials, Marat called for the death of all those who continued to support the king. Georges Danton, a lawyer, was among the club’s most talented and passionate speakers. He also was known for his devotion to the rights of Paris’s poor people.

So come and use our time machine for the experience of a lifetime!

The French Revolution began in 1789 and ended in 1799. It led to the end of the monarchy, and to many wars. The Revolution was influenced by the Enlightenment ideals. The Revolution ended in 1799 when Napoleon Bonaparte took control. Come use our time machine and visit all these historical events such as Louis XVI's execution, many wars, and creation of the Constitution of 1791.

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