Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. A document which declared equality not only for all French citizens, but for all men, for all time.
The Roman Aristocrat The fattened clergyman and the well–bedecked nobleman go off unbothered while the figure in the foreground assesses carefully the value of a commoner. This complex image also includes a pig—likely a symbol for Louis XVI—with the cleric and the noble. Thus the print clearly attacks the upper classes and likely the monarch. But there is more. Specifically, the National Assembly had set a means test for voters, and a higher one for prospective officeholders. So the…
Revolutionary Text "Unite, Indivisibilite de La Republic Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite Ou La Morte."
The Cahiers de Doléances lists of grievances drawn up by the three Estates, in 1789, the year the Revolution began. Ordered by Louis XVI, to give each of the Estates, the clergy, the nobility and the Third Estate, which consisted of the bourgeois (the middle class), the urban workers, and the peasants – the chance to express their hopes and grievances directly to the King. Many of these lists survive and provide information about the state of the country on the eve of the revolution.
The French Constitution of 1791, annotated by Robespierre
French Revolution Digital Archive: Assemblée nationale séance du samedi dix neuf juin 1790. Décret en faveur des citoyens qui se son...
Active Citizen/Passive Citizen This cartoon mocks the distinction between active and passive citizens. Many revolutionaries hated this difference, essentially dividing those with property from those without. The propertied (active) were the only ones who could participate in the political process. Source: mfr 89.181