Consequences of French Revolution Notes - American...

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American RevolutionThe significance of the American Revolution is that it provoked other, much bigger revolutions, especially the French Revolution and Haitian RevolutionLink Between the French and American revolutionBased on the idea that “all men are created equal”French support of the American Revolution had been expensive, and by 1787 the French monarchy was on the verge of bankruptcyNoblemen had tax exemptions, and therefore the government could not raise enough revenueSome noblemen agreed to pay taxes in return for political powerThis idea went against the idea of an “absolute monarchy”The king supposedly had a divine right to rule, which gave him the right to absolute powerPressure on the French KingThe Estates General was assembledAuthorized to suggest reforms to the workings of the governmentMade up of the three estates in European society:ClergyNobilityCommonersThe three estates could not get alongThe privileged estates wanted to dominate and leave the third estate powerless
The third estate made up 99% of the French population, and felt it was unfair to be ruled by the minorityAbbe Sieyes urged the Third Estate to withdraw from the Estates General and declare themselves to be a National AssemblyNational AssemblyJune 17, 1789, the Third Estate declared itself the National AssemblyThey swore on June 20thto not disband until they had written a Constitution for FranceThe King reluctantly allows them to stayAugust 4-5, 1789, The National Assembly abolished the privileges of the nobilityA Constitution was written that established representative government and basic civil libertiesDeclaration of the Rights of Man and CitizenFirst two articles:Men are born free and equal in rightsThe purpose of all political associations is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance to

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