How Do We Think About the French Revolution?. How did the French Jacobins use state power to achieve revolutionary goals during the Terror (1793-1794)? What were their goals? Why did extraordinary state power seem critical to attaining these goals?.
Number of Capital Sentences Passed
“The young men will go in battle; married men will forge arms and transport provisions; women will make tents and clothing and serve in hospitals; children will make bandages; old men will get themselves carried to public places to arouse the courage of warriors and preach hatred of kings and unity of the republic.”
“The aim of society is the happiness of all.”
“Public assistance is a sacred debt. Society owes a living to the unfortunate among its citizens, either by finding work for them or by guaranteeing the means of subsistence to those who are not in a fit condition to work.”
“Education is a necessity for all.”
“When the government violates the rights of the people, then insurrection …is the most sacred and necessary of duties.”
“Every citizen is empowered to seize conspirators and counterrevolutionaries, and to bring them before the magistrates. He is required to denounce them as soon as he knows of them.”