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

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The Third Estate, encompassing all the other people not in the other classes, which composed of about 98% of the population and had the greatest economic and social diversity. They were starved and ragged. They bore the brunt of the ever-increasing taxes. They were required to pay fees for land ownership every year. Because the other two estates did not have to pay taxes, this made it more of a burden for the peasants. Each Estate drew up grievances and expectations, most from the Third Estate wanted the same things; a written constitution, equal taxation, equal justice, to get rid of all feudalism. The people from the First and Second Estates wanted different things. Although they did agree on a constitution that stated some control over what the king could do. There was a debate of how to count the estates votes, because the Third Estate controlled 98% of the vote. So if they counted individually the other two estates would be out numbered. Or if you voted as an entire unit this would be unfair as well because again there were 98% of the people in the one unit. So there was turmoil over to vote traditionally, or by giving each one vote. King Louis wanted each state to vote as a whole. When the delegates of the Third Estate grew weary and tired they decided to proclaim
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themselves the National Assembly. They invited delegates from all the other classes to join them. They decided to denounce the Kings injustice and the current social order. Then on June 20, the National Assembly found their doors locked from their meeting room. So, they gathered at the nearby tennis court and took an oath not to disband until a new constitution has been made known as the” Tennis Court Oath”. “In late August 1789, the National Constitute Assembly issued the Declaration of the Rights of Man and citizens. The French document proclaimed that all “men” were born free and remain free and equal in rights.” “That the Government existed only to protect those rights!” The constitution also made the king, formerly absolute ruler, subject to constitution and the decisions of the assembly. The fall of the French Monarch was complete.
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