The American and the French revolutions had many similarities and differences.docx

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“While the Assembly was busy modifying laws of the kingdom, the peasants to the West of France were busy fighting a war against Austria and Prussia. An army had gathered in Trier, led by the King of Prussia who announced his plans to overthrow the revolutionary government and restore the king to absolute power (French Revolution). On August 10, a mob led by Danton invaded the palace and killed the kings guards. The same mob insisted that the Assembly call for another convention to write another constitution. Under extreme pressure the Assembly finally created a new body called the National Convention and called for election to do it. The death of King Louis marked a turning point in the Revolution. Things just became worse there was more bloodshed and destructivity. The Committee of Public Safety, which was appointed by the Convention, was given the duty finding and killing all those who were opposed of the Revolution. Over the course of the Revolution, the Committee was said to be responsible
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for an estimated 40,000 deaths. Maximilien de Robespierre one of the leaders of the Committee did not stop at killing commoners, he also executed Danton. Who’s only default was that he wanted to end all killing sprees. This period of time became known as the “Reign of Terror” Fearing for their lives other members of the Committee had Robespierre arrested and sent to the guillotine on the ninth day of Thermidor, 1794. The revolution was effectively over. The American Revolution and the French Revolution did have some similarities in how they started, but the end they had many differences as well. Both the people of each country felt that their presence was not felt in the governments; basically it was “unfair”. Their goals were to gain independence from their monarchy and set up a Republic of equality and liberty. They started out similarly, but they ended very differently. The American Revolution ended in a newly formed independent government. The French revolution overthrew their government and killed their king. The French Revolution resulted in dictatorship that lasted for years.
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