Limited Social Mobility-You were destined to stay in the social class you were born into, very little opportunity to move up in social status. Poor will always be poor and the rich will always be privileged.
Clergy-Paid no taxes and had all the benefits. Education, food, good jobs, money Property. Owned 10% of all the land in France but only made up 1% of the total population of France.
Nobles-Paid no taxes and had many benefits. Education, food, good jobs, money Property. Owned 20% of all the land in France but only made up 2% of the total population of France.
Everyone Else-Paid all the taxes. Bourgeois-Middle Class became the driving force of the French Revolution.
The Ideas of the Enlightenment
Logic and reason replace, superstition and religion as means of solving problems.
Man learns to think for himself. No longer strictly relies on the word of the pope or the bible as source of knowledge. Man begins to seek his own knowledge.
The American Revolution. France provided aid to the Colonists during the American Revolution. They brought the American ideals of equality and justice back to France after the end of the American Revolution.
Radicals gained control of the National Assembly. Maximilien Robespierre is leader of the National Assembly.
He begins to execute people who are identified as not being loyal to the cause. The guillotine is used to decapitate people and their heads were put on stakes and displayed all over Paris as a warning.
Robespierre goes too far and he is overthrown and brought to the guillotine himself.