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The French and American Revolutions In this paper we will discus and compare the French and American revolutions Lets start out by talking about the French Revolution then move on to the American Revolution The French Revolution was fought between the years of 1789 and 1799 and violently changed France from a monarchical state to a modern nation in which social power was loosened and power was mostly in the hands of the middle classes There are many causes of the French Revolution As the population grew the food supplies grew short land had become divided into such small parcels that most Frenchmen lived close to the subsistence level and after 1776 agricultural recession forced property owners to exploit their sources of revenue Also their involvement in the American Revolution had caused them to raise taxes The French Revolution started at the storming of the Bastille on July 17 On August 26 a group of high placed citizens wrote the Declaration of Rights On October 5 a mob forced the king and his queen to step down from the throne This ended the monarchy but in 1799 Napoleon Bonaparte was established first consul by the constitution of 1799 The American Revolution went from 1776 to 1783 The Cause was many many unneeded over priced taxes The new year 1778 was a time of transition in the Revolutionary War because of Britains inability to win in the northern colonies and because of the increasing part played by France The French foreign minister the Comte de Vergennes eager to settle an old score with Britain convinced his royal master Louis XVI to permit France to funnel secret aid to the patriots in 1776 and 1777 That aid took the form of the governments handing over munitions arms and clothing to the playwright Caron de Beaumarchais and his fake Hortalez and Company which in turn arranged with Benjamin Franklin and other patriot commissioners in Paris to have
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