The Impact Of The Reign Of Terror

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The French Revolution started in 1789 and ended in the 1790’s. During this time citizen rampaged through France displaying their disapproval in the French monarch as well as the feudal system. Like the American Revolution the French Revolution was fuel by Enlightenment ideals such as popular sovereignty and absolute rights. As the 18th century drew to a close, France’s costly involvement in the American Revolution and King Louis XVI’s extravagant spending had left the country on the brink of bankruptcy. Two decades of poor cereal harvests, drought, cattle disease and skyrocketing bread prices had stirred unrest among peasants. However, one of the biggest problems of the French Revolution was King Louis XVI. The non-aristocratic members of…show more content…
Later on, it seemed that Maximilien Robespierre was not only enforcing this on those considered enemies of the Revolution, but on people who showed signs of being against him, as well. Then, he just started to kill people for absolutely no reason. A crying child should not be slaughtered because they were in tears for being sentenced to death and a woman should not be murdered for crying when her husband was just guillotined. These were reckless slaughters of innocent people and people were starting to realize it. Danton, who was a Revolutionary leader along with Robespierre, and his followers believed that the Terror was no longer necessary, and thus had been labeled the ' 'Indulgents ' '. He was popular and an amazing speaker and The Committee of Public Safety, which was Jacobin dominated perceived him as a threat. He was executed without a trial as an ' 'enemy of the Revolution ' '. Danton was a threat because if he made people realize how unnecessary the Reign of Terror was then Robespierre would be out of a job. He would be able to gain more followers with his speaking skills and cause the fall of Robespierre. Also, with the killing of thousands of people, others were able to realize that Maximilien Robespierre and the radical Jacobins had gone too far and the moderate Jacobins, who created the Directory, overthrew them, ending the
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