Liberty Equality, And Fraternity: The Motto Of The French Revolution

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Final Writing Assignment - Option 2 “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity” was the motto of the French Revolution. However, during this time of violence and conflict I do not believe the revolutionaries were living up to this motto. Not only was political power only in the hands of property-owning citizens, but women were continuously denied the same rights as men, and slavery was an ongoing battle amongst French territories. Although at times the revolutionaries did follow this motto, I am convinced that they violated it more often than not. First off, political power was only in the hands of property owning citizens during this time. However, not all citizens owned property thus violating the motto of the French Revolution in terms of liberty…show more content…
Women were unable to vote, however men were. Often, women were also unable to own land and could not run for political positions due to their lack of paying taxes because they did not own land (Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Female Citizen). In 1789 the National Assembly wrote the “Declaration of the Rights of Man,” in this declaration they stated “Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good.” This statement is important in terms of “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity” because this statement alone denies the same rights to women. This statement specifically says “MEN are born and remain free.” This statement and several of the following statements speak of nothing in terms of the rights of WOMEN. Also, in document three “Admission of Jews to Rights of Citizenship” this outlines the civil and political rights that are now extended to jewish men, but says nothing of the sort in regards to jewish women. Denying women the same rights as men is a clear violation of the revolutionaries motto of “Liberty, Equality, and

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