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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution


Found In: social studies, 9-12

The Taking of the Bastille

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution is a twelve-chapter introduction to the French Revolution and an archive of some of the Revolution’s most important documents. European History or French students in grades 9-12 can explore by main themes. Quick search by keyword, or search by keyword and limit by topic or resource type. Browse images, texts, maps, songs, timeline, or glossary.

Chapter 1, Social Causes of the Revolution, is a four page chapter with maps; supporting documents on rural poverty, difficulties faced by the urban workers, bread protests, demands for reform, the targeting of the nobility, and other factors; and, illustrations. One document, Poverty Observed: Journal of a Country Priest, describes the harsh winter of 1709 and its effects on the rural poor. Another, A Bread Riot, describes 1725 rioting and looting in response to an arbitrary increase in the price of bread, a dietary staple.

Two final chapters feature Songs of the Revolution, each with words in French and English and an audio file, and How to Read Images, which offers a method of interpreting contemporary illustrations and symbols.

Imaging the French Revolution provides 42 images depicting the crowd in the Revolution and essays analyzing images of the crowd.

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