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The French Revolution was a turning point in Frances history The Revolutionbegan when King Louis XVI called the Estates General to provide money for hisbankrupt government Between 1789 and 1799 many kings queens nobles andclergyman lost their power and status in France Frances government changesdrastically over the ten years the war was fought and it will never be the sameBy the end of 1788 France was on the verge of bankruptcy King Louis was avery indecisive and shy king He didnt care much for politics or people Through hiscarelessness Louis chose officials who stole money from him and France SinceFrance had no money and a large debt to pay the king taxed the citizens harshly Theangry French grew tired of the heavy taxes and riots broke out constantly against theking Louie summoned the General Estates to meet at the Palace of Versailles forthe first time since 1614 Louis had all three estates prepare cahiers The cahierswere notebooks listing the grievances of each estate Many cahiers asked forreform These reforms includes freedom of speech a regular meeting of the EstatesGeneral and fairer taxes The third estate and least influential was also the largest Itcontained one million middle class citizens and twenty-four million laborers andworking class citizens The third estate sick of being refused by nobles and beingout-votednot in count but rank formed the National Assembly When their normalmeeting place was locked for preparations of a royal speech the National Assemblytook it as a threat Between the ten days of June 171789 and June 27 1789 thedelegates of the assembly took the Tennis Court Oath The oath meant that theywould not dismember until a fair constitution was written up for France After manynobles joined the National Assembly the king had not choice but to accept them butby the end of July 1789 the food shortages had worsened along with the heavytaxes It was rumored King Louis was also going to demolish the assembly givingthe citizens more of
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