CHY 4U 2014: A Bold Declaration

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It is imperative that you understand how quickly things were changing in France.   While there were signs of discontent throughout the 1780s, the political/revolutionary action we talked about yesterday started in 1789.

  • Louis XVI called the Estates General in May 1789
  • The 3rd Estate declared itself the National Assembly (and took the Tennis Court Oath)  in June 1789
  • The citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille in July 1789

By August 1789, the National Assembly published the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.   A copy of this ground-breaking document can be found in the textbook (pages 182-183)

I’d like you to read the document with at least one other student.  As you read the document, I’d like you to identify:

  1. rights that have a male or middle class bias
  2. rights that may have been inspired by philosophers (think back to the Salon)
  3. rights that contradict the Great Chain of Being and/or the Divine Right of Kings
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