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 the following and add your work to your notes:
- rights that have a male or middle class bias
- rights that may have been inspired by philosophers (think back to the Salon)
- rights that contradict the Great Chain of Being and/or the Divine Right of Kings
Your remaining time can be used on your projects.