History, in general, only informs us what bad governments is



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  • Jaela

Thomas Jefferson once said “History, in general, only informs us what bad governments is.” The American Revolution started when colonists decided to dress as American Indians and board the ships containing tea which was later thrown overboard into the harbor, this historical event was called “The Boston Tea Party”. When the government heard about the Boston Tea Party they decided to enforce five major acts known as the Intolerable Acts, these acts put restrictions on the colonists and took most of their freedom away. The Intolerable Acts had such an impact on the government they made the first Continental Congress in 1774. After the first Continental Congress died down the battle of Lexington and Concord began. During this battle a total of 81 men were killed, 23 were missing and less than 100 suffered from major battle wounds. During all of these events we’ve had freedom taken away and people killed and harmed but these events only evolved into something greater known as “The Declaration of Independence”. The Declaration of independence showed that everyone was made equal and they deserve their freedom.

  • Douglass

  • EQ: Were the results of the American Revolution worth the costs?

The shot heard round the world

The causes of the American Revolution was the Intolerable Acts and the Stamp Act. The Intolerable Acts were the Boston Port Act which was the port closing until the Dutch East Indian Company had been repaid for the destroyed tea. Another Intolerable Act was the Massachusetts Government Act, putting the government of Massachusetts almost entirely under direct British Control. The Stamp Act was an act of Parliament of Great Britain that imposed a direct tax on the colonies of British America and required that many printed material in the colonies be produced on stamped paper produced in London. The costs of the American Revolution was the United States spent roughly about 400 million dollars in wages for its troops. France and Great Britain 1.3 billion livres and 250 million pounds respectively. The number of casualties was 50,000 in total of the U.S. troops who were dead and wounded.



French Revolution Samples

  • Jasmine

  • French Revolution

  • EQ: where the results of the French revolution worth the costs? (No)

  • Beginning in France social and political structure called Old Order created inequalities in French society their king that created it was at the top of three social groups called estates which were dived in three levels in “Old Order”. The first estate was made up of the Roman Catholic clergy, the second estate was made up of the French’s nobles which was less than 2 percent of the population and the last estate was the largest group of people in the “Old Order” about 97% of France’s population. Top person of the Third Estate was people called the Bourgeoisie which was city-dwelling merchants, factory owners, lawyers and doctors under them were the Sans Culottes who were the artisans and workers of the cities; carpenters, bricklayers, dressmakers. The last level of the third estate was the peasants who farmed the nobles’ fields and had to perform labor such as working on roads without pay. Peasants were most miserable and had no hope for a better life during the “Old Order” rules. Due to Frances King Louise XVI he bankrupted the country and plunged it into hunger. He tried to tax Second Estate because of his debt he owed to other countries by borrowing huge sums of money to spend on their wars. By trying to tax the second estate the nobles refused and it led to the developed problem they had. The first and second estates could have helped but refused all notice and resisted all efforts. Later on the third estate joined together and decided to have a meeting at an indoor tennis court and it soon became known as the tennis court oath which they vowed they would not leave the court until they had written a constitution for France soon the king relented and then allowed everyone to vote.

  • Costs of the current events happened led to an outbreak of series of accusations, trails, and executions were happening around France. A region of western France there was a resistance building up called “Vendee Resistance” this resistance was so strong and growing it led to a civil war spreading across the fight region because an counterrevolutionary force called the Catholic and Royal Army (a name showing support for the Roman Catholic Church and the monarchy) that fought government forces. Later the government eventually regained control of the “Vendee Resistance” destroying everyone and everything it could to regain power across France. Robespierre declared the need to use terror to defend the republic from many enemies therefore creating the “Reign of Terror” leaders in Paris agreed with it and made a campaign to eliminate any resistance to the revolution and used the revolutionary tribunal to get rid of the countries of dissent. The revolutionary tribunal started its campaign with Girondists who was seen as a threat to the revolution because they had favored a constitutional monarchy and soon anyone whoever criticized the revolution or had any connection to the “Old Order” was in danger of being hauled in for trail. The accused had few rights and some were even forbidden to defend themselves in trail, the most common way to be sentenced was death by guillotine (a quick way, in contrast to the agonizing methods of execution) by which the accusers were put in a slaughtering type of machinery by chopping the head off. The guillotine was so efficient that the executioner could execute more than one person per minute, executions became so common that residents complained about the blood overflowing the city’s drainage ditches. The “Reign of Terror” didn’t spare any gender, age, occupation or class although many common people were killed more than nobles mostly peasants and laborers the same people the revolution was supposed to protect formed the largest group of victims during the “Reign of Terror”. Later on those who had launched the “Reign of Terror” soon fell victim themselves even Robespierre the one who created the idea. Due to the actions of “reign of Terror” it weakened when it was supposed to protect the Revolution its self. When everything ended the French had to start over with a new government and in 1795 the National Convent wrote another Constitution. Slowly but surely Frances was on its way improving but failed when its directors argued among themselves to better France.

  • Moriah

  • French Revolution

  • The French Revolution was influential in social and political structure. This revolution lasted from 1789 to 1799. Like the American Revolution, the French Revolution was inspired by the Enlightment ideas. In the French Revolution they executed the royal family Louis XVI by the guillotine.

  • The causes of the French Revolution would be a social and political structure called the Old Order which created inequalities in French society. In the Old Order the king was at the top of the system while there was three estates under him. The first estate was made up of the Roman Catholic clergy. The second estate was made up of nobility. The third estate was the largest group of the estate. At the top were the Bourgeoisie, below the Bourgeoisie were the Artisans also known as Sans Culottes. At the very bottom of the third estate were the peasants who worked on roads without any pay.

  • King Louis XVI tried to tax Second Estate but the nobles refused to pay. A year later the country faced bankruptcy. The country was broke, and a lot of people were hungry and angry because of the many weather problems France faced (hailstorm, drought). The estates (1st and 2nd) could have helped the situation but the clergy and nobility resisted all efforts. The third estate met in an indoor tennis court-this process then became known as the Tennis Court Oath. The tennis court oath was the process that they wouldn’t leave the court until they wrote a constitution for France. The king relented and allowed everyone to have a vote.

  • Christian

  • Before the Russian Revolution came the French Revolution which began in 1789. This revolt came about over the troubles between social classes. In the French Revolution the country had gone into a period of famine and poverty also. This left many people out on the streets looking for shelter and food making France a very nasty place. While the highest social classes enjoyed themselves, the lower classes of France decided that they would take no more. This movement resulted in a more inhumane type of punishment, a punishment like no other, death by the guillotine. The guillotine was responsible for the death of as many as just over 16,000 French, including the lives of the beloved Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. This revolt was justifiable because it not only took France out of famine, but it also took Marie Antoinette and her husband out of power. The Declaration of Rights of man and citizen was a very important topic to democracy, which was clearly stated by an anonymous figure saying “The representatives of the French people, constituted into a National Assembly, considering that ignorance, forgetting or contempt of the rights of man are the sole causes of public misfortunes…”



  • Summer

  • The French revolution was a time of bloody executions and heavy separation of the classes. The King Louis XVI tried to tax the Second Estate, but the nobles refused to pay. A year later the country faced bankruptcy, since the country was broke, and a lot of people were hungry and angry because of the weather problems such as hail storms and droughts. The king relented and allowed everyone to have a vote. The Estates (1st and 2nd) could have helped the situation but the clergy and nobility resisted all efforts. The third estate met at an indoor tennis court, to make a constitution for France, and refused to leave until they finished. This became known as the tennis court oath. The Leaders in Paris started a campaign to eliminate any resistance to the revolution, they used the revolutionary tribunal to get rid of the countries of dissent. The revolutionary tribunal started its campaign with Girondists who were seen as a threat to the revolution because they had favored a constitutional monarchy. Eventually, anyone who criticized the revolution or had any connection to the drainage ditches. Old Order were in danger of being taken in for a trail. The people on trial had few rights and some were even forbidden to defend themselves. The most common way they were sentenced was to death by guillotine. The guillotine was so efficient that the executioner could execute more than one person per minute. Executions became so common that residents complained about the blood overflowing the city’s drainage ditches.

  • I don’t think that revolutions are justifiable. They cost a lot of unnecessary money and cause a lot of unnecessary deaths. Too many people were executed and too much money was spent in the French revolution that could have been spent on better efforts such as feeding the hungry people of France. In the French revolution, the king was at the top and three social groups called estates. The first estate was made up of the Roman Catholic clergy, the second estate was made up of nobility, it was less than 2 percent of the population, and the third estate was the largest group of people. The top of the Third Estate was the bourgeoisie which was city-dwelling merchants, factory owners, and lawyers and or doctors below, the bourgeoisie, was the artisans and workers of the cities: carpenters; bricklayers; dressmakers they were known as Sans Culottes. Then finally at the bottom of the Third Estate were the peasants who farmed the nobles’ fields. They had to perform labor, like working on roads, without any pay. Peasants were miserable and didn’t really have any hope for a better life. France was in a lot of debt, over centuries they borrowed huge amounts of money to spend on wars, including the American Revolution.

  • The reign of terror didn’t spare any gender, age, occupation or class. Even though many more common people were killed than the nobles, Peasants, and laborers, the people the revolution was supposed to protect, they were the largest group of victims.



  • Hailey

The French Revolution

Was it worth it? The Tennis Court Oath, The execution of the royal family, was it worth it? The French Revolution was worth the costs because the people/resistance got exactly what they wanted from it and the resistance changed the French Government forever and went down in history. There were a series of trials and executions, but there is a saying that says fight for what you believe in or die trying. That is exactly what the people did, and many people died trying. The French government really did not even try to fight back or pled their case they just basically said kill everyone who doesn’t listen or wants to change the government. But how does that solve anything, they were killing off the people they were supposed to lead because they finally saw they deserved better and instead of giving it to them you just kill them. Eventually the citizens and the resistance won, because they never gave up and they knew what they deserved and they ended it by executing the royal family, it resulted in the Declaration of the Rights of man and citizen, also the Napoleonic code. “Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good” that is a excert from the Declaration of the Rights of man and citizen, that is one of the main reasons the French Revolution was started, and the people got what they wanted. Which is pretty impressive, I believe the results of the French Revolution were worth the costs and I think everyone that was a part of the French Revolution can agree.



Russian Revolution Sample Paragraphs

  • Keith

  • When a government cannot meet the needs of its people the people will revolt, this has happened throughout history leading to changes in government or eventually wars between the people and its government, Russia was no different. People were dying of starvation, because the government was using farmers to fight in the war, and all trains were being used for transporting weapons. People were going off to fight in World War 1 but the people at home were just as likely to die, people had no food nor money. The people of Russia obviously looked at the government as the source of the lack of food that effected the entire country. The royal family that was ruling Russia were all executed. Soldiers didn’t stop protest anymore. The communist ideas of Karl Marx were the foundation of the new Russian government, communism is supposed to be a perfect government. This has never been accomplished throughout history, Russia was like all the other failing communist governments. Communist took over Russia, it was the only party that was allowed. The people of course did not like this, the government had no support from the people. All of these factors led to the Russian civil war. During the Russian civil war 8 million people died, all most all of the casualties were caused by a lack of food not by fighting. Communism is the major reason for the cold war, the western ideas of democracy verses Russia’s belief in communism. The Russian revolution was hardly affective, millions of lives were taken. In the end we have to think if that amount of lives is worth anything, especially when the matter is over political differences.



  • Lily

The Russian revolution started in March 8th 1917 and this revolution did not last very long like other revolutions. This revolution was not like other ones, it was a communist revolution. The royal family taken off a train and was eventually executed. By getting involved the world war it led to a poor army and unequipped. Nicholas the second was a poor leader which lead the Russians to gain a new leader. Transporting food was a major problem because trains were getting used for the war. Farmers were used for war as well. One of the costs of this revolution was that the Russians were involved into another war called the Cold War. The cold war took a major toll on the Russians. As many as 8 million were killed in the cold war and Russian revolution. In results the Russians gained a new leader named Vladimir Lenin. He took place after Nicholas the second was executed, but died shortly after he took his place as leader.

  • Julia

One of the causes of the Russian Revolution was that World War I led to a poor army that didn’t have any more weapons nor did they have enough energy to keep the war going on. Farmers were used for the war to fight because they needed more men on front line. So when the farmers left to go to the war the food started becoming less and less which led to an increase in food prices, and a decrease in money. The Russian government was too focused on the war instead of the people and noticing how to economy was coming to a crumble. Trains that were used to trade with other countries were now used to ship weapons to the army for the war. Lenin believed the development of Russian capitalism made socialist revolution possible. The civil war occurred because after November 1917, many groups had formed that opposed Lenin’s Bolsheviks. These groups included monarchists, militarists, and, for a short time, foreign nations.

Collectively, they were known as the Whites while the Bolsheviks were known as the Reds. As a result, over 8 million people died in the Russian Civil War. I don’t think the Civil war was worth that many deaths. If the Russian government would’ve focused more about the crops and his people then they would’ve had money, they would’ve had crops(food) they wouldn’t be in debt to what happened.





  • Danny

Russian Revolution

During the years of 1947-1991, a war was happening...a “cold

war”between America and Russia. Russia was on the verge of political

and human racial chaos. The royal family of Russia executed on a

train, people with inexperienced combat training being sent out, the

economy under turmoil, lives were at stake, and nuclear missiles being

pointed at America. All this for what reason? Thier downfall and

corruption.

The cold war was in a state of political and military tension after

World War II between powers in the western and eastern ideals

(America and Russia). The conflict over who has control over the

country Cuba is an example of what the two Continents are arguing

for.

The causes for the upbring of the Russian Revolution are as



followed, food shortages, workers rebel against the government,

ineffective leadership, and the economy breaking apart. instead of

the government tending to the people’s food supplies, the were too

focused on political and military conflicts with us(the U.S). The

economy falling apart as the people protest while government officials

drink their expensive drinks and eat bountiful food….while it still last.

These cost people to die out of starvation, people living without a

home to live in, no jobs, less wagers, and regular people being sent out

to train with the army. This just to shows how the Russia is crumbling.

As a result the government decided to establish communism. So the

soviet challenged the western ideals to show just how powerful the

new Russian soviet party can do.

In my perspective I see that when the soviet union came in, they

basically made things better for Russia. Before when the soviet union

came to take control the country was going through hell. Chaos ran all

over the country. But when the soviet took over the place, things got

better, people weren't protesting, the government running steadily,

the economy growing, and Russia looks reborn into a new state.... A



new era.


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