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By: Mike McCloskey. The Estates General. Property of Mikemccloskey96productions® . Role in Government. The Estates General voted for change in government The first, second and third estates would all vote for different decisions in changing the government.

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By mike mccloskey

By: Mike McCloskey

The Estates General

Property of Mikemccloskey96productions®


Role in government
Role in Government

  • The Estates General voted for change in government

  • The first, second and third estates would all vote for different decisions in changing the government.

  • The first and second estates would combine their votes to overpower the vote of the third estate in order to prevent any chance of reform.


Role in government con
Role in Government (con.)

  • The first estate represented 130,000 members of the Catholic clergy

  • The second estate represented 400,000 members of the Nobility.

  • The third estate represented different classes of people, mostly middle class or poor people.

  • Even though the third estate made up 97% of the Estates General, the first and second estates were still able to overpower the third estate’s votes.


Grievances prepared by the three estates
Grievances Prepared by the Three Estates

  • There were clubs of third estate people that helped spread a demand for third estate’s rights.

    • The third estate demanded complete equality to the first and second estates before the law.

    • They wanted as many representatives as the first and second estates combined in order to “make something of themselves”.


Grievances con
Grievances (con.)

  • The first estate did not want its top position and privileges to be yielded.

  • There was a possibility that the second estate would accept equal taxation, however, it refused to give up any of its other privileges.

  • The first and second estates were backed from several rights and privileges by King Louis XVI.

    • The two estates did not at all approve of this act by the king.


Grievances con1
Grievances (con.)

  • The third estate wanted a complete new constitution that would give them some real power and equality to the first and second estates.


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