Essay on The French Revolution And The American Revolution

1114 Words Nov 16th, 2015 5 Pages
French Revolution DBQ The French Revolution started in 1789 and ended in 1799. It all began with the extravagant spendings of King Louis and Marie Antoinette, the bankruptcy, the poor harvest, the rises in bread and taxes, and lastly, American Revolution. All of these were factors in the suffering of the 3rd Estate. Imagine being part of the 90% people who were either peasants or the homeless that were starving and were treated unequally. The people of France rebelled because they were suffering from the monarchy. One factor that caused the people of France to join the French Revolution was that their rulers, King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, lead them to bankruptcy and made them pay more taxes. In the document it states, “He lived his life in his magnificent palace at Versailles, completely oblivious to the rising tide of popular discontent” (Friedman, Foner). King Louis’ power was given by God. The divine right made him the most powerful person in France. He could declare war, but instead of declaring war, he helped the Americans fight for Independance. Having a part in that war, caused France to go into even more debt. Bread prices and taxes raised; the third estate did not have enough money for food, nor could they pay the corrupt tax collectors. Louis can change the people’s taxes as he pleases and has the power to incarcerate any person without trial. His authority over the people caused them to loathe the king because he was too powerful, but recklessly…

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