The French Revolution - A Paper For and Against It
Do you think the French revolution was right or wrong thing?
Do you think it got them somewhere or at least made a change the people wanted?
Was it worth it?
The French revolution was right and wrong in some ways. But I believe that it was right because it made France declared the declaration of independence, it abolishes the evil of the old regime, and it made good changes in the economy. The declaration of independence gave rights to the man which gave them liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression. The French revolution abolished the old regime; the three estates that were established. The three estates were the clergy, the nobility, and the common people. The clergy were the ones that were up in society, the nobility were not as rich as the clergy but had all the privileges they needed, the common people were the ones that were the diverse group that had all the land workers, shopkeepers lawyers and doctors.
The declaration of independence gave rights to all man, it gave them liberty, security, properties, and resistance to possession. It gave freedom of the press and freedom of religion. The declaration gave more equalities for all citizens under the law and protection of personal property. It established fundamental rights for french citizens and all man without exception. According to Michael Padbury the declaration of rights of man gave french men rights and freedoms with the slogan “libert, egalit, fraternit” epitomizing the intent of the document.
The social classes played an important role in the lives of the people. The social structure of France was divided among three groups: the First Estate, the Second Estate, and the Third Estate. Each social group had a varied type of people within their structure, which presented the different views of the people. The first estate was the clergy; the one with more power. The clergy serve as parish priest, most of them lived in luxury in major cities in France. The second estate was the nobility, they had extensives rights and privileges, they hardly paid any taxes. The third estate is consisted as the commoners, which included the bourgeoisie, lawyers, doctors and others similars to does proffessions. The commoners also included the normal people who were not educated and had to work in land or as servants.
Some good changes that the french revolution made was established a planned economy, including price controls and nationalized workshops, for a total war effort. According to Michael Padbury the planned econoy largely provided bread for the poor and material for the army. Second the government forced unity and limited political opposition through a reign of terror. Accordin to Michael Padbury he don’t know if the reign of terror an understandable response to the emergency, one that saved the revolution from a return of the old regime or was it a harbinger of totalitarianism that sacrificed individual life and liberty to an all-powerful state and the abstract goal of regenerating humankind?