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The Estates General. Background. By 1787, France’s economy is in ruins for several reasons Lavish spending by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette Poor taxing policies Seven Years War (1756-1763) and the American Revolution (1775-1783). Louis XVI.

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background
Background
  • By 1787, France’s economy is in ruins for several reasons
    • Lavish spending by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
    • Poor taxing policies
    • Seven Years War (1756-1763) and the American Revolution (1775-1783)
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Louis XVI
  • King Louis XVI promises to call together the Estates General, which had not met since 1614
    • Representative body (think Congress)
    • Louis hopes this will solve France’s problems
  • The Estates General is scheduled to meet on May 5th, 1789 at Versailles
what was the estates general
What Was the Estates General?
  • This was a legislative assembly for the different French classes (Congress)
  • The Estates General was made up of three classes
    • Clergy - 1stEstate
    • Nobility - 2ndEstate
    • Bourgeoisie (including peasants) - 3rdEstate
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Clergy
  • By 1789, the 1st Estate (Clergy) was made up of 100,000 people
  • Owned 5-10% of the land
  • All property was tax-exempt
nobility
Nobility
  • 2nd Estate
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Nobility
  • The 2nd Estate (Nobility) was made up of 400,000 people
  • Enjoyed the better government jobs
  • Was also tax-exempt
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Bourgeoisie
  • The 3rd Estate (Bourgeoisie, peasants) was made up of 25 million people
  • The 3rd Estate paid all of the taxes
  • This means the burden fell on France’s poorest
  • Each Estate had one vote
  • The 1st and 2nd Estates usually voted together
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Bourgeoisie
  • The 3rd Estate had to sit by themselves at the Estates General
  • They had to wear black robes
  • Had to enter the Estates General through a side door
  • The 3rd Estate (98% of France) is getting fed up…