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French Revolution

In July 1789, as the new U.S. government was starting to take shape, crowds of French citizens stormed the Bastille, a Paris prison, releasing the seven prisoners held there at that time and capturing stored arms and munitions. This event marked the start of the French Revolution (1789–99), a major rebellion against the French monarchy (absolute rule by one person). The French people sought personal liberties such as freedom of speech, much as the Americans had done during their fight for independence in the previous decade.

France had long been ruled by a monarchy and dominated by wealthy French nobility (aristocracy, or a government or ruling class made up of royalty and wealthy individuals) and clergy of the Catholic Church. In the early 1600s, the French monarchy had introduced a system of taxes that put an unfair burden on the French working class. Taxes...

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