Thousands of unknown people were also sent to their death often on the

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Thousands of unknown people were also sent to their death, often on the flimsiest of charges. For example, an 18-year-old youth was sentenced to die for cutting down a tree that had been planted as a symbol of liberty. Perhaps as many as 40,000 were executed during the Terror. About 85 percent were peasants or members of the urban poor or middle class—for whose benefit the Revolution had been launched. Source: Modern World History: Patterns of Interaction. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell (2006), pp. 226-227.
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Document A: Decree Against Profiteers (Modified) In July 1793, faced with an angry and hungry population, the leaders of the Committee of Public Safety passed the “Decree Against Profiteers.” The law accused “profiteers” in the countryside of hoarding or monopolizing grain in order to raise the price of bread. 26 July 1793 1. Monopoly is a capital crime. 2. Those who keep out of circulation essential merchandise or commodities without offering them for sale daily and publicly are declared guilty of monopoly . . . 3. The essential commodities and merchandise are: bread, meat, wine, grain, flour, vegetables, fruit, butter, vinegar, cider, brandy, charcoal, tallow, wood, oil, soda, soap, salt, [etc.] 4. Those who have any of these commodities shall be required to declare them and sell them . . . 5. One week from today, those who have not declared their goods shall be considered monopolists, and, as such, punished with death; their property shall be confiscated, and their commodities or merchandise shall be placed on sale. 6. Those convicted of making false declarations likewise shall be punished with death. Public officials who protect monopolists shall also be punished with death. Source: Excerpt from Decree Against Profiteers, passed July 1793. Vocabulary capital : punishable by death decree: an official order monopoly: total control over something municipality : local government commodities: things that can be bought or sold
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Document B: Law of Suspects (Modified) By September 1793, the leaders of the Committee of Public Safety faced growing counter-revolutionary uprisings and mounting fear of foreign invasion. They responded by passing the Law of Suspects, which established revolutionary courts to try anyone suspected of treason against the revolution. 1 Immediately after the publication of the present decree, all suspected persons within the territory of the Republic and still at liberty shall be placed in custody. 2. The following are deemed suspected persons: 1st, those who, by their conduct, associations, talk, or writings have shown themselves to be enemies of liberty 2nd, those who are unable to justify their means of existence and the performance of their civic duties 3rd, those to whom certificates of patriotism have been refused 4th, public officials suspended or dismissed from their positions by the National Convention or by its commissioners and not reinstated 5th, those former nobles, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons or daughters, brothers or sisters of émigrés , who have not steadily demonstrated their devotion to the Revolution Source:
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