The Third Estate: The Main Causes Of The French Revolution

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In 1789, 97% of the French Society consisted of Third Estate. The Third Estate was made of the commoners and peasants of France. They didn’t have many rights or much money and their problems were ignored (Pipe, Jim 10). The main cause of the French Revolution was the structural inequality and unfair rights. This lead the Third Estate to believe that the Second and First Estates were enjoying life at the expense of their own lives and well being (The French Revolution 1- 2). When the Third Estate were tiered of not being heard and no support from higher classes, they decided to start the National Assembly in order to hold meetings with other legislatures were they discussed about current problems, reforms and needs. The National Assembly was …show more content…
During the Estates - General, which were meetings where Representatives from the Third, Second and First Estate met with the king and voted on reforms in the government (Bryan, Allison Lecture). Each Estate had a representative known as a Deputy and each Estate got one vote. The Third Estate was constantly outvoted, they didn’t get any changes. France never changed for the benefit of them which further frustrated them (The French Revolution 1-2). In The creation of the National Assembly which was a self declared, (History.com ) elected congress of the Third Estate. The Third Estate’s ideas and suggestions weren’t taken into account and they wouldn’t get anything. Women and men alike were growing impatient and were tiered of not getting an equal opportunity at getting rights and living a better life. The women were frustrated and after understand that the king wouldn’t let them attend council meetings they started making petitions outlining their needs and concerns. They demanded for education and protection of their property of rights. However, they were modest and didn’t demand for full civil and political rights and accepted any rights they could get big or small. This just shows how desperate they were for changes. After the falling of the Bastille on July 14th 1789, women became more politically active and both men and women voted for female rights …show more content…
Everyone would’ve gotten exactly what they worked for and nobody would have gotten extra benefits. The root causes of the French Revolution were the structural inequality and unfair rights at the time which leads to the Third Estate to believe that the first and Second Estates were enjoying life at the expense of their own well being (The French Revolution, 1-2) . The National Assembly and Enlightenment ideas lead to the Falling of the Bastille and in return the French Revolution. This is important for us because not only does it show us how to overcome certain situations but it also helps us understand the importance of equality and how we shouldn’t categorize each other into certain groups based on pay income, wealth, race, religion and marital status. We can learn from the consequences that the French society had to face as well as improve our economy. This can help us overcome the race based issues in America and teach us how race is so irrelevant and it’s all about the person inside. This relates with the recent terrorist attacks in France and Nairobi by Muslim people, this should teach us not to judge a whole race by a couple of reckless people using religion as an

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