French Revolution Essay

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Brian Steiger 10/24/12 DBQ essay Mr.Sinicropi The French revolution in 1798 was caused by the taxation by the leaders of the population. Political, social, and economic conditions in France contributed to the anger and sadness felt by many French people, especially those of the third estate. The ideas of the philosophers of the enlightenment brought new views of government and society. The American Revolution also influenced the coming of the French Revolution. One cause for the French Revolution was talked about in document 2. Outdated social class system. There were three estates. The first estate was the clergy. The second was the Nobles. And the third estate was all the other people in the population. The 97% in the third estate were eventually fed up with the special perks that the clergy and nobles had in this monarch. For instance the Nobles got to have head jobs in the government, army, courts, and the church. The clergy got to collect tithes. Which were 10% of your annual income in your house on top of the original taxes One of the most important causes of the French Revolution was the Inequalities of Taxes. As discussed in Document 2 and Document 3, the third estate that was all the people except the church leaders, 97% of the population was taxed on land. The Church leaders, which were the clergy, weren’t taxed at all for land or for food. The second estate was the nobles who were at the top of the military officials jobs. They also had more land they could ever need being that the clergy was 1% of the population and the nobles were 2% of the population. The tax on Bread continued to rise and people couldn’t put food on the table for their family because of the ridiculous amount of taxes. This lead to what is known as the storming of the bastille. This is a Symbol of the French Revolution. Another important cause of

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