Presentation on theme: "American Revolution Review"— Presentation transcript:
1 American Revolution Review What were the causes of the American Revolution?What was the Boston Tea Party?What is a boycott?How do the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, and Amendments reflect Enlightenment ideas?
6 The Top: 1st and 2nd Estates Privileged, wealthy, influentialThese two groups owned most of the land and paid few taxes.Represented 2% of the population which is out of 26 million
7 The Bottom: The 3rd Estate The 3rd Estate was 98 % of society1. Bourgeoisie – merchants, artisans, lawyers2. Urban Workers – worked small jobs in the city.3. Peasants – mostly farmers, very poor, 80% of population
8 The Government Absolute Monarchy King has total power Few rights for people
9 King Louis XVI Louis XVI is King Weak, insecure leader Not good with people
10 Queen Marie Antoinette Hated by the French peopleSpent huge amounts of moneyNickname – “Madame Deficit”
11 Crop ProblemsIn the 1780s, France experienced an unprecedented amount of bad weatherHurt crop productionLess crops = higher pricesUnhappy citizens
12 French Government was bankrupt Why this fiscal crisis? Economic ProblemsFrench Government was bankruptHad a huge debtWhy this fiscal crisis?Spent money on several warsBad tax policy (not tax the wealthy)
13 The Estates GeneralAs a result of these issues, the King calls the Estates General to fix them
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