A growing resentment of the seigneurial system with

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A growing resentment of the seigneurial system with its fee and obligations exacerbated of the great estate holders created the condition of a popular uprising, Bastille’s fall and the King’s capitulation to the Third’s Estates demand encouraged peasants to take matters to their own hands July 10 to August 3, peasant rebellions occurred in five major areas of France, each varied, in some places peasants simply force the clergy to renounce dues and tithes, others burned charters listing their obligation, many peasants knew what they were doing, many believed the king supported their actions, as cited “the Estates General was going to abolish tithes, quitrents and dues, that’s the king agreed but that the peasants had to support the public authorities” Agrarian revolts served as a backdrop to the Great Fear, a vast panic that spread like a wildfire through France between July 20 and August 6 Fear of invasion by foreign troops, aided by a supposed aristocratic plot, encouraged the formation of more citizens’ militias and permanent committees, the greatest impact was the meeting in Versailles in attempt to reform France B. Destruction of the Old Regime The National assembly, also known as, the Constituent Assembly because from 1789 to 1791 It was writing new constitution was to destroy relics of feudalism or aristocratic privileges, to some deputies, this measure was necessary to calm peasants and restore countryside order, On the night of August 4, 1789, the National Assembly in an astonishing session voted to abolish seigneurial rights as well as the fiscal privileges of nobles, clergy, towns, and provinces The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen
On August 26, the assembly adopted the ideological foundation for its actions and an educational device for the nation by adopting the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen The charter reflected basic liberties, ideas of the major philosophes and owed much to the American Declaration of independence and the American state constitutions Affirmed “the natural and imprescriptible rights of man” to “liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression.” Proclaimed an end to the exemption of taxation for nobles, freedom and equal rights for all men, access to public office based on talent, citizen’s right to take part in legislature and the monarchy was restricted, Freedom of speech coupled with outlawing arbitrary arrests Problem with the rights including women, many deputies agreed that it should in at least civil terms Olympe de Gouges, refused to accept this exclusion of women from political rights, penned a Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Female Citizen, however was ignored by the National Assembly The Women’s March to Versailles Meantime Louis XVI remained inactive, refused to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism and the declaration of rights, unexpected turn of events forced the king to change his mind

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