The French Revolution And The Declaration Of The Rights Of Man

1361 WordsApr 29, 20156 Pages
The French Revolution began with King Louis XVI, and his wife, and ended with Napoleon Bonaparte. In between these two powerful peoples reign, The Declaration of the Rights of Man was created, which was an outline of man’s natural rights. The document enforced that the wealthy pay taxes and that more jobs become available. This outline, one of the most important underlying documents of equality within the French Revolution, began to appear all over Europe. The articles within the declaration were written as a direct disapproval of the laws and policies of the aristocratic power of the time. Instead of divine right, the goal was to achieve popular sovereignty. France needed this Declaration, the first step of creating a constitution, in order to begin the change from the old regime to the new regime. The Declaration of the Rights of Man influenced the French Revolution as a result of its cultural movement that aimed to enlighten others. The French Revolution was significantly influenced by open-minded concepts. The citizens who constructed the Declaration of the Rights of Man used enlightened ideas, such as the separation of powers, separation of church and state, and the social contract (written by Rousseau). One of the main causes of the French Revolution was the social structure of France. The first estate was made up of the clergy and the church. The second estate consisted of nobles. The third estate contained the middle class and peasants. The bourgeoisie (middle
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