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French National Constituent Assembly

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Overview

Author

French National Constituent Assembly

Year Ratified

1789

Type

Primary Source

Genre

History

At a Glance

  • The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen is a proclamation of essential rights of French citizens including liberty, equality, ownership of property, and the right to resist tyranny.
  • The declaration emphasizes that authority to rule lies with the body of citizens that constitutes the nation.
  • The document contains echoes of other texts, including the Magna Carta (1215)—an English charter of rights—and the U.S. Declaration of Independence (1776).
  • The text reflects Enlightenment ideas about natural laws, human rights, and civil society.
  • The late 1780s were a time of political, economic, and social upheaval in France. The French Revolution broke out in 1789.
  • The Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834) wrote the first draft of the declaration, with assistance from Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826).
  • Between August 20 and 26, 1789, the newly formed French National Assembly debated, revised, and adopted the declaration.
  • The declaration does not mention slavery or the rights of women, both of which were the subject of passionate debate among some revolutionaries.
  • In 1791 the articles of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen were incorporated into the new French Constitution.

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